By M. Mcshane
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There is little consistency in the courts’ rulings concerning the length of time officials may legally segregate prisoners. In Hewitt v. Helms (1983), the United States Supreme Court stated that administrative segregation status cannot be used by administrators as a pretext for indefinitely confining an inmate. Lower courts have differed considerably, however, in determining when the length of a particular confinement violates the Constitution. As long as two years has been held constitutional, and thirty days has been held unconstitutional.
Federal Probation 43(3): 10–15. Reynolds, E. (1992). An auditor’s view of accreditation. Corrections Today 54(3): 44–46. G. (1989). Quality control for prisons managers: The key indicators/strategic support system. Federal Prisons Journal 1(2):39–42. Reimer (1982). Adopting national standards for correctional reform. Federal Probation 46: 18–25. Washington, J. (1989). Accreditation opinion poll update. Corrections Today 51(5): 160– 61. Administration Today’s prison manager is responsible for planning, directing, controlling, and communicating not only with staff and inmates but also with related government agencies, state officials, and the general public.
A 1990 national survey of prison wardens and superintendents (McShane and Williams 1993) found that fewer than half of the respondents (46 percent) felt that accreditation guidelines had any influence on their personal management style. Factors such as budget constraints, legal requirements, the quality of staff, and overcrowding had more impact on their management routines. Some state legislators have cited the difficulty of meeting the standards, fearing the cost and the potential for inmate lawsuits.
Encyclopedia of American Prisons (Garland Reference Library of the Humanities) by M. Mcshane