ERIC Number: ED390398
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1995-Apr
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A Historical Analysis of Library Access for Death Row Inmates in Ohio.
A historical study was conducted to determine what type of access to the prison legal library is received by prisoners now housed on death row at the Mansfield Correctional Institution (MaCI) (Mansfield, Ohio) that were formerly housed at the Southern Ohio Correctional Facility (SOCF) (Lucasville, Ohio). A satellite law library had been created for death row inmates at SOCF; however, the library was small, materials were outdated, and it was maintained by an inmate with no experience in the field of library science. Initially, inmates of SOCF were denied physical access to the institution's main library and the process of receiving books from there was slow and ineffective. When the satellite library was created, death row inmates received somewhat better access to legal materials and access to legal assistance. These inmates were attempting to operate a library to support themselves without much help from prison authorities. Legal documents, still pending, were filed in an attempt to make the satellite library more adequate. With the move to the MaCI in early 1995, death row inmates were introduced to a more complete library. Prison authorities are now working with these inmates to produce and maintain a self-sufficient library. New books have been ordered and plans are underway to enlarge the library. The facility at MaCI is almost solely for the use of death row inmates; the library can now be considered adequate in guaranteeing access to legal information. Appendices include an outline of minimum required materials for inmate law libraries (1990), a list of recommended collections for prison law libraries (1989) by the American Association of Law Libraries, copies of requests from SOCF, and a partial list of books sent by the Office of the Ohio Public Defender to the Death Row Satellite Law Library at SOCF. (Contains 32 references.) (AEF)
Publication Type: Dissertations/Theses
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Identifiers: Death Row; Legal Information; Ohio
Note: Masters Research Paper, Kent State University.