Bounds V. Smith Argumentative Essay

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An inmate’s most important right is to have access to the courts and without that right they “have neither a forum in which to question the conditions and constitutionality of their confinement, nor an arena in which to seek vindication of other alleged rights violations” (Hinckley, 1987, p. 19). So, the foundation of other prisoners’ rights are based this right of access (Hinckley, 1987). Bounds v Smith is a very good example of where inmate fought to ensure this assess. It all began in North Carolina where inmates filed three actions alleging their 14th Amendment right were violated because of denial of access of legal help and research (Bounds v. Smith, 1977). The case was heard in District Court and the respondents’ motion
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