ERIC Number: ED067139
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1972
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Prison Legal Libraries, Idea into Reality; Conference Proceedings (University of California, Berkeley, April 22, 1972).
California Univ., Berkeley. School of Librarianship.; American Library Association Social Responsibilities Round Table.
The successful functioning of a democratic form of government depends on a number of very basic principles. The issue confronted at this conference, the provision of legal research materials to prisoners, is tied very closely to two of these principles: first, that no individual should be without recourse to the courts and to the law; and second, that no branch of government or agency of government should function outside a system of checks and balances. The "Gilmore" decision, much discussed at this conference, says that the State affirmatively has to go forward and make sure that prisoners effectively have a way of making their claims available to the courts. This decision seems to also require law libraries and some form of legal assistance in all the jails in the country as well as the long-term prisons. The fifteen papers presented at this conference are presented in this publication. A draft statement on prison law library service prepared for the conference is appended. (Author/NH)
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Authoring Institution: California Univ., Berkeley. School of Librarianship.; American Library Association Social Responsibilities Round Table.
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