ERIC Number: ED215054
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1982-Apr-6
Reference Count: N/A
The Future Direction of Correctional Services for Adult Offenders.
Reynolds, William Bradford
These remarks by William Bradford Reynolds, Assistant Attorney General of the Justice Department's Civil Rights Division under the Reagan Administration, cover the Department's position on providing improved correctional services for adult offenders. Reynolds cites P.L. 96-247, the Civil Rights of Institutionalized Persons Act, as an important legal basis for implementing the Department's correctional activities. Reynolds asserts that, before the Department can act on complaints involving correctional facilities, sufficient evidence exists of basic and fundamental deprivations; the Act leaves no room for legal exploration of constitutional rights in otherwise unobjectionable facilites. According to Reynolds, the Reagan administration supports a policy that both gives States the primary responsibility for correcting unconstitutional conditions in State institutions and emphasizes negotiation to correct problems before resorting to litigation. He illustrates litigation alternative with the case of Chapman v. Rhodes, which demonstrated that a complaint of overcrowding in a correctional facility should be determined in the context of overall conditions rather than judged an isolated factor. Finally, he discusses the Department policy on appropriate remedies for overcrowding in correctional facilities. (MJL)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Opinion Papers; Reports - General
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Department of Justice, Washington, DC. Civil Rights Div.