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  • Jail Design and Operation and the Constitution: An Overview

    The Constitution protects inmates in jails and prisons, and this paper discusses the continuing challenge of deciding what those protections mean i
  • Proceedings of the Large Jail Network Meeting, January 2000

    This meeting focused primarily on topics related to the role of the jail in the local criminal justice system.
  • Supermax Prisons and the Constitution: Liability Concerns in the Extended Control Unit

    A monograph "intended to help prisons operate ultra-high-security facilities in a way that minimizes liability in litigation" is presented (p. v).
  • Jails and the Constitution: An Overview

    This publication "reviews the history of correctional law and summarizes the results and effects of major court decisions" (p. 4).
  • An Update on Jail Strip Searches of General Population Detainees

    “In 2012, the U.S. Supreme Court, in a 5-4 vote, decided Florence v. Board of Chosen Freeholders, #10-945, 132 S. Ct. 1510, 2012 U.S. Lexis 2712.
  • Constitutional Law--Cross-Gender Pat Searches: The Battle Between Inmates and Corrections Officers Enters the Courtroom

    The issue of cross-gender pat searches is bound to impact a correctional agency.
  • Constitutional Implications of Restrictive Housing

    "The prison setting imposes greater than normal restrictions on liberty, privacy, and communication.
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