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Understanding the Contours of Prison Disciplinary Procedures

James Marquart and Chad Trulson

in The Oxford Handbook of Prisons and Imprisonment

ISBN: 9780199948154
Published online July 2016 | e-ISBN: 9780199984442 | DOI: https://dx.doi.org/10.1093/oxfordhb/9780199948154.013.35
Understanding the Contours of Prison Disciplinary Procedures

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This essay reviews the evolution of US procedures for detecting and investigating crimes and other rule infractions committed by inmates during confinement, their apprehension, determination of guilt, and opportunities for appeal. Special attention is paid to due process considerations and how these procedures have evolved since the inmate rights movement. The importance and effectiveness of disciplinary review boards are discussed. Possible biases in these procedures and inmates’ perceptions of bias are also considered in terms of how they might influence cynicism toward legal authority. An overview of possible sanctions imposed upon determinations of guilt is provided along with discussion of how these sanctions vary across facilities based on crowding and other resource constraints.

Keywords: prison discipline procedures; due process; inmate rights; disciplinary review board; legal cynicism; inmate sanctions

Article.  10184 words. 

Subjects: Prisons and Jails

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