The Detention Of The Prison System Essay

1860 Words May 11th, 2015 8 Pages
There are no special rights granted to members of the press that allow them more access to locations then the general public; this fact has been illustrated on multiple occasions by the denial of prisoner-press interviews. The supreme court has upheld, several times, that reporters aren 't granted any more protections or rights than the general public (Pell v Procunier 1974) (Branzburg v Hayes 1972). They have also ruled, in split decision, that inmates had no constitutional right to be interviewed (Saxbe v Washington Post 1974). These rulings have allowed the federal Bureau of Prisons and some state prison officials to enact bans on all press interviews with inmates. Following this general ban on interviews, most states have left the issue of press access at the discretion of the prison 's warden. This has made it very difficult for journalists to properly perform their duty of news gathering, and has left the public decisively in the dark about the inner workings of America 's prison system. This paper will consist of 3 following parts. Section I will address the issues created by the ban on prisoner interviews, Section II will introduce my proposed act to address and solve these issues, and Section III will conclude my paper.

Section I (PROBLEMS) Both the Pell and Branzburg cases have reinforced the court 's opinion that the first amendment grants no special protection for journalists. The idea behind banning interviews with prisoners originates because the general…

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