ERIC Number: ED213793
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1982-Feb-21
Reference Count: 0
Prison Overcrowding: Legal Significance and Constitutional Implications.
Reynolds, William Bradford
In this statement by William Bradford Reynolds, Assistant Attorney General under the Reagan Administration, the problem of prison overcrowding is discussed in relation to the definition of "cruel and unusual punishment." The Supreme Court's decision in the Chapman versus Rhodes case is presented as an example in which overcrowding as only one factor in the "totality" of prison life was not judged as unconstitutional. Reynolds states that the Federal Justice Department does not intend to ignore enforcement of the Civil Rights for Institutionalized Persons Act, but intends to enforce it in a manner fully sensitive to practical difficulties of the States and their localities. (JCD)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Legal/Legislative/Regulatory Materials
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Department of Justice, Washington, DC.
Identifiers: Chapman V Rhodes; Civil Rights for Institutionalized Persons Act
Note: Paper presented at the National Governors Conference (Washington, DC, February 21, 1982).