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The First Amendment in Twenty-First Century American Corrections

By Christopher Zoukis The other day a friend asked me a question.  The question was, “What does the future of the battle for prisoners’ rights look like?”  To this, I responded that the battle ground will most likely revolve around the First Amendment; that we, as prisoner rights advocates, would have to fight for the

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Reducing Liability When Speaking With Federal Bureau of Prisons’ Personnel

By Christopher Zoukis Inmates incarcerated within the Federal Bureau of Prisons simply need to remain silent when talking to prison personnel.  I know this is a basic concept from an attorney’s perspective, but it is often forgotten by incarcerated clients.  As such, attorneys, and other defense specialists, should make a point of reminding their incarcerated

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The Right to Write: Publishing From Prison

Since the formation of our nation, Americans have enjoyed a right to Free Speech that is unrivaled among modern nations.  The right has long survived incarceration as well, from the 1800s Henry David Thoreau’s “On Civil Disobedience” to the Letters from Birmingham Jail, by Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. during the Civil Rights Movement of

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