Holt v. Sarver was a landmark court case that produced a lasting effect on the administration of prison systems in the United States. In the case, the inmates of an Arkansas prison farm filed suit against the state over conditions at the prison, charging that they were exposed to beatings for insubordination, were forced to live in unguarded communal sleeping arrangements, and were supervised by unpaid guards and staff who were themselves prisoners. After years of legal and political wrangling, the federal district ...

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