Research Paper Presentation
29 July 2013
Vocational/employment after release
People in state and federal prison in the US: 1.6
Percent of incarcerated people with less than a
high school education: 23%
*as of December 31, 2012
Ex Parte Hull (1940)
Younger v. Gilmore (1971)
Bounds v. Smith (1977)
Lewis v. Casey (1996)
The Prison Litigation Reform Act of 1995
This 1940 Supreme Court case ruled that
stated may not block prisoners rights to
apply to a federal court a writ of habeas
This guaranteed prisoners the right to
appear in front of the court
Supreme Court ruled that prisoners must
be supplied with legal materials
Unclear in its definitions of what prisoners
Added the term “meaningful access to the
courts” to the prisoners rights that existed
Decision stated that prisoners are not
necessarily guaranteed access to a law
In 1995, courts ruled to limit prisoners
ability to file federal suits from within prison
Done in an effort to curb frivolous lawsuits
Seen by many as denying prisoners their
constitutional rights to access the court
ALA Document, 2010
“asserts a compelling public interest in the
preservation of intellectual freedom for
individuals of any age held in
jails, prisons, detention facilities, juvenile
facilities, immigration facilities, prison work
camps and segregated units within any
LIS professional are held to a code of
ethics that requires them to provide equal
access to all patrons, regardless of who
Reading lists of prisoners should be kept
Would I be able to serve violent criminals
as my patrons, and respect their privacy
What is the therapeutic value of group
How can prison libraries increase
awareness of their services?
Should people be judged in court based on
books that they have read in the past?
Should they be made public record?
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Conrad, Suzanna. “Collection Development and Circulation Policies in Prison Libraries: An Exploratory Survey of Librarians in U.S.
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