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Legal Aspects of Corrections Management, Second Edition

Author(s): Clair A. Cripe, JD, General Counsel (Retired), Federal Bureau of Prisons, Former Adjunct Professor, George Washington University, National College of Law
Michael G. Pearlman, MS, JD, Legal Administrative/Correctional Program Officer (Retired), Federal Bureau of Prisons, Adjunct Professor, George Mason University
  • ISBN-13: 9780763725457
  • ISBN-10:0763725455
  • Hardcover    526 pages      © 2005
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Virtually every type of activity performed in any corrections agency or facility may be subject to a lawsuit. Through the use of case law, the Second Edition of Legal Aspects of Corrections Management explains what the law has said about specific areas of corrections operations and practices. It is a handy reference for the corrections professional and a valuable resource for criminal justice professors and students.


Features & Benefits

  • Written by an authoritative author team with combined correctional expertise of over sixty years.
  • Completely updated to provide readers with current and practical information on how to avoid potential lawsuits in corrections settings. Contains concise descriptions of current, major Supreme Court cases.
  • NEW! Includes “Thinking-About-It” case studies at the end of chapters that promote discussion.
  • Extensive information on the legal issues corrections administrators are likely to face, including those surrounding inmate access to the courts, correspondence, visitors, and religion; search-and-seizure and privacy; inmate discipline, classification, transfers; personal injuries, and property loss; equal protection for female offenders; conditions of confinement; cruel and unusual punishment; health care; probation and parole; community corrections; and fines.
  • Engaging real world examples of common problems and occurrences in the field.
  • Insight into the legal steps that should be anticipated, and that will likely be experienced, in a corrections lawsuit.
  • Key concepts of each chapter are highlighted.

Applicable Courses

Legal Aspects of Corrections Management, Second Edition is designed as a primary text in a Correctional Law or Prison Management course in Administration of Justice, Criminal Justice, or Sociology (Criminology) programs. It can also serve as a supplemental text for any course relating to prison operations and for courses covering constitutional law and criminal justice issues. The book is also beneficial to correctional agencies (in their training courses or in reference libraries), providing information on the current state of correctional law. 

Part I  Sources of Corrections Law 

Chapter 1  An Introduction to the Law and to the Legal Aspects of Corrections Management
Chapter 2  Corrections and the Criminal Justice System 
Chapter 3  Habeas, Torts, and Section 1983
Chapter 4  Going to Court 

Part II  Constitutional Law of Corrections

Chapter 5  A General View of Prisoners’ Rights Under the Constitution
Chapter 6  Access to Courts 
Chapter 7  First Amendment: Inmate Mail 
Chapter 8  First Amendment: Inmate Association Rights and Visiting 
Chapter 9  First Amendment: Religion 
Chapter 10  Fourth Amendment: Search and Seizure, and Privacy 
Chapter 11  Fifth and Fourteenth Amendments: Due Process—Inmate Discipline 
Chapter 12  Fifth and Fourteenth Amendments: Due Process—Classification, Transfers, Personal Injuries, and Property Loss
Chapter 13  Fourteenth Amendment: Equal Protection—Female Offenders and Others 
Chapter 14  Eighth Amendment: The Death Penalty and Other Sentencing Issues
Chapter 15  Eighth Amendment: Conditions of Confinement—Cruel and Unusual Punishment
Chapter 16  Eighth Amendment: Health Care 
Chapter 17  Probation and Parole, Community Corrections, and Fines  

Part III  Statutory and Administrative Law, Jails, Juveniles, Privatization, and Other Special Issues in Corrections 

Chapter 18  Statutory and Administrative Law 
Chapter 19  Federal Statutes: Equal Employment, Disabilities, and Tort Claims 
Chapter 20  Jails 
Chapter 21  Juveniles and Young Offenders 
Chapter 22  Privatization Issues in Corrections 
Chapter 23  Loss of Rights of Convicted Persons 
Chapter 24  In Conclusion: A Postscript 


Clair A. Cripe, JD-General Counsel (Retired), Federal Bureau of Prisons, Former Adjunct Professor, George Washington University, National College of Law

Clair Cripe’s career combines work in the corrections field and teaching in the area of constitutional law.  His preparation for this work came from education at Oberlin College (A.B.) and at Harvard Law School (J.D.).  After 3 years as a Navy JAG officer and a year as a trial lawyer for the Food and Drug Administration, he joined the Federal Bureau of Prisons in 1962, when its legal office was formed.  In 1975, he became General Counsel of that agency, where he served until his retirement in 1990.  As a member of the Bureau of Prisons executive staff, Clair was closely involved in policy decision-making for many years.  He supervised hundreds of lawsuits involving prisoners’ rights and the management of prisons.  He personally handled many cases, from the trial court level to the Supreme Court.  He initiated and personally taught training classes for corrections workers, from entry training for new employees to advanced corrections management.  He personally reviewed all policy issuances of the federal prison agency. He developed and supervised many new prison programs (including disciplinary procedures for inmates, training for agency paralegals, and an inmate grievance system).

Mr. Cripe taught for 15 years at the National Law Center (George Washington University) in the graduate law division.  This was a course in the law of sentencing and of constitutional rights for prisoners.  He also taught a course in the law of corrections at the University of Maryland (Criminal Justice & Criminology Department).  He was a frequent speaker at training seminars at the American Correctional Association and for its affiliates.  He also presented seminars for federal judges on the law of sentencing and of prisoners’ rights.

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Michael G. Pearlman, MS, JD-Legal Administrative/Correctional Program Officer (Retired), Federal Bureau of Prisons, Adjunct Professor, George Mason University

Mike Pearlman brings to this work a combination of academic training, work experience, and teaching skills.  He has a master’s degree in Criminology and Corrections from Florida State University, as well as a master’s degree in Government from Southern Illinois University, and a law degree from George Mason University.  He has worked in the correctional field since 1968 in youth, medium, and maximum security adult facilities, as well as in the headquarters office of the Federal Bureau of Prisons.  His work experience is varied – beginning with an externship as a psychometrist at a youth facility.  This work involved administering psychological tests to and participating in individual and group counseling sessions with inmates.  His formal work career includes assignments as a caseworker and casework supervisor, as a rules and regulations specialist, as the Executive Assistant to the General Counsel, and as the Legal Administrative Officer.  As the Legal Administrative Officer, Mike’s responsibilities included such duties as overseeing the Bureau of Prisons’ inmate grievance program; the preparation of Bureau of Prisons rules governing the care, custody, treatment, and management of inmates; the legal training provided to new Bureau of Prisons staff; the legal intern program; and the Freedom of Information Program.  Prior to his retirement, Mike was assigned responsibility for coordinating the Bureau of Prisons involvement in carrying out the Congressionally mandated closure of a prison system.  In part, this involved the transfer of approximately 7,000 District of Columbia felons to Bureau of Prisons facilities.

Mr. Pearlman has been an instructor in the criminal justice and sociology area for 22 years, teaching at American University, Northern Virginia Community College, and George Mason University.  He has taught a variety of subjects, such as Correctional Law, Introduction to Corrections, Administration of Correctional Institutions, Criminology, Criminal Law, Deviance, and Sociology of Punishment and Corrections. He has taught on both the undergraduate and graduate level. 

  • “The authors seek to fill a gaping hole in the literature blending corrections management with a sophisticated and experienced treatment of the law and liability issues.  No other text in the field is quite so satisfactory in this blend.  The comprehensiveness of topics included is truly extraordinary in the field of corrections law, which is marked by widely varied approaches. The authors use a dynamic, yet accurate writing style that is appropriate for this audience of scholar, policy makers, and especially students.”

    -Bradley S. Chilton, JD, PhD, Associate Professor, Department of Criminal Justice, University of North Texas

    “Comprehensive coverage.  I really like the inclusion of material on privatization and the loss of rights.”

    -Craig Hemmens, JD, PhD, Chair of the Department of Criminal Justice Administration, Boise State University


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