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The Rights Of Gay Prisoners: A Challenge To Protective Custody, Joan W. Howarth Jan 1980

The Rights Of Gay Prisoners: A Challenge To Protective Custody, Joan W. Howarth

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This Note focuses on the specific issues raised by the traditional method of dealing with homosexuals in prison: isolation from the general prison population. This traditional segregation often results in almost twenty-four hour-a-day confinement to a cell, which severely limits access to programs and opportunities normally enjoyed by prisoners.

This Note first discusses the history and current practice of segregation of gay prisoners' as well as the broader subject of protective custody, and then outlines the judicial response to the problems of protective custody prisoners generally and gay prisoners specifically. It then critiques the judicial confusion and resulting reluctance to ...