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Julie A. Beck

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Chapter 6: Free Speech Rights of Prisoners

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Free Speech Rights of Prisoners
Free speech rights of prisoners

Freedom of speech, religion, and freedom from arbitrary punishment are among the basic established rights of U.S. prisoners, but they have not always been. Prisoners' rights were won in the United States as a result of decades of struggle within the prisons, through social movements, and in the courts. There are many countries where rights to free speech for prisoners are not recognized and inmates are punished for speaking out, such as China, Egypt, Libya, and Cuba. Conversely, prisoners in Europe, Canada, and the United States have gained certain rights to free speech. Human rights in general are essential for all human beings, including those who are incarcerated. Globally and in the United States, the battle ...

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