University of Michigan Law School
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Title "Bringing Human Rights Home to the World of Detention"
Date Fall 2008
Author Deborah Labelle
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Abstract Part of a symposium on "Human Rights in the United States: A Special Issue Celebrating the 10th Anniversary of the Human Rights Institute at Columbia Law School," this Article explores both the import of realizing human rights as the framework for ensuring humane treatment of prisoners in the United States, and analyzes the impact this strategy has had when used to address the mistreatment of women and juveniles incarcerated in this country's prisons and jails. Part I will describe the history of the Prisoners' Rights Movement and how U.S. courts have handled challenges to prisoners' rights violations. Part II will explain how human rights concepts have become infused in domestic advocacy for prisoners' rights. In order to illustrate the positive impact of collaboration with human rights advocates in pursuing a litigation strategy, Part III will use the example of custodial abuse of *85 women prisoners in Michigan, and Part VI will use the example of sentencing juveniles to life without the possibility of parole in U.S. prisons. Lastly, Part V addresses how an integrated model using a human rights framework to address basic rights violations has been successful in the United States.
Source Columbia Human Rights Law Review
Citation 40 Colum. Hum. Rts. L. Rev. 79

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