CRJS435 IP3

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Prepare a written analysis on the impact of the US Supreme Court decisions on the management of prisons (8-10 pages). You are asked to explain the prison management structure and disciplinary process as applied in most prison cases and as directed by the US Supreme Court decision in Sandin v. Conner (1995) and other US Supreme Court cases. Consider such sanctions as loss of job, segregation for a specific amount of time, and loss of commissary privileges. Assignment Guidelines: Read through Wolff v. McDonnell (1976) and Sandin v. Conner (1995). Apply the decisions of these Supreme Court cases to the following punishments: Job loss Scheduled segregation Loss of commissary privileges For each of these punishments, provide the following based on the decisions of the above to 2 cases: When is this an appropriate sentence? When is this protected by the U.S. Constitution? What are 2 examples that you can take from the Supreme Court decisions that support your arguments? Be sure to reference

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CRJS435-IP3NameClassDateProfessorWolff v. McDonnelland Sandin v. Conner In the case of Wolff v. McDonnell(1976) the Supreme Court ruled prison inmates should be afforded limited due process rights involving any disciplinary procedures within the prison. The prison inmate has limited rights that include advance written notice of the charge no less than 24 hours before proceedings, written statement of the evidence; prison inmate can call witnesses in their defense. The prison inmate, however, does not have the right to counsel or to cross examine witnesses. The court also ruled inmates have right to privacy in the written communication with their counsel. In Sandin v. Conner (1995) the Supreme Court once again answered the question concerning liberty interests protected by the Due Process Clause but only if the prison inmate could show where the state or federal prison official had violated a specific due process right. The Supreme Court ruled courts had to focus on the nature of the deprivation imposed on a prisoner. The ruling in Sandin changed how courts approach the potential due process violations. Now courts base their decisions on the nature of the deprivation does not impose an "atypical and significant hardship on the inmate in relation to the ordinary incidents of prison life," the prisoner will not have a liberty interest in avoiding the deprivation (Cassell, 2010). In Wolff v. McDonnellthe case began when inmates sue

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