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Know Your Rights!: Prisoner's Rights

Know your Rights is an exploration of what your rights are, how to exercise them, and what to do if your rights are violated.

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"When the prison gates slam behind an inmate, he does not lose his human quality; his mind does not become closed to ideas; his intellect does not cease to feed on a free and open interchange of opinions; his yearning for self-respect does not end; nor is his quest for self-realization concluded. If anything, the needs for identity and self-respect are more compelling in the dehumanizing prison environment. Whether an 0. Henry writing his short stories in a jail cell or a frightened young inmate writing his family, a prisoner needs a medium for self-expression. It is the role of the First Amendment and this Court to protect those precious personal rights by which we satisfy such basic yearnings of the human spirit."

- Thurgood Marshall

Supreme Court Justice

Procunier v Martinez, 416 U.S. 428 (1974)

 

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