Corrections looks at the correctional system and offers arguments for and against the practice of the laws and policies that comprise corrections, from parole and probation to imprisonment, to the application of the death penalty. The 20 included chapters, written by eminent scholars and experts in the fields of criminology, police science, law, sociology, psychology, and other disciplines, take on such contested topics as what the goals of the correctional system should be (deterrence, rehabilitation, retribution, or something else?) and how they should be achieved; who should make these decisions; and how to balance the goals of the correctional system with the civil rights of the inmates. Prison conditions and the treatment of prisoners, as well as the changing definition of cruel and unusual punishment, are also examined.The SeriesEach volume consists of approximately 20 chapters offering succinct pro/con examinations, and Recommended Readings conclude each chapter, highlighting different approaches to or perspectives on the issue at hand. As a set, these volumes provide perfect reference support for students writing position papers in undergraduate courses spanning the Criminal Justice curriculum. Each title is approximately 350 pages in length.

Chapter 4: Due Process Rights of Prisoners

Due Process Rights of Prisoners

Due process rights of prisoners

The Fourteenth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution prohibits state actions that deprive “any person of life, liberty, or property without due process of law.” The U.S. Supreme Court has consistently held that people cannot be deprived of life, liberty, or property without adequate procedural due process. However, specifying the particular procedures and quantifying the precise amount of protection required by the Due Process Clause is decided on a case-by-case basis by the judiciary. Questions of “how much process is due” a person who faces or has already suffered one or more deprivations of liberty or property controversial, and have been the focus of ongoing debate and interpretation.

The right to due process of law, like other constitutional ...

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