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Jailhouse Lawyers within Prison System

During time of incarceration, we commonly see inmates volunteer to serve as jailhouse lawyers who advise other inmates on possible courses of action for their pending case or appeals.

Define and discuss the concept of jailhouse lawyers and who they are and what they represent within the prison system. Additionally, discuss two important cases prisoners have lost as it pertains to prison overcrowding.

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Regardless of an inmate's prison sentence, the importance of legal advice is an ongoing process for them. Many inmates convey their innocence of the crime they've been convicted and continue to file petitions and appeals to the courts in order to gain a retrial. In addition to seeking legal advice or representation for the initial conviction, inmates seek advice for propriety damages they've conducted while incarcerated. Below we'll discuss the concept of jailhouse lawyers and who they are and what they represent within the prison system. Furthermore, we'll discuss two important cases prisoners have lost as it pertains to prison overcrowding.

According to Champion (2003), jailhouse lawyers are inmates who have acquired some degree of legal expertise and assist both themselves and others in filing petitions and suits against their institutions. While ...

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Regardless of an inmate's prison sentence, the importance of legal advice is an ongoing process for them. Many inmates convey their innocence of the crime they've been convicted and continue to file petitions and appeals to the courts in order to gain a retrial. In addition to seeking legal advice or representation for the initial conviction, inmates seek advice for propriety damages they've conducted while incarcerated.....

450 word essay with reference

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