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In the 1960’s and 1970’s socially connected inmates were willing to fight for their rights. They were able to garner the attention of the most prolific civil rights attorneys in the nation, representing large civil rights organizations such as the American Civil Liberties Union. With their connections, these inmates and their lawyers filed numerous lawsuits challenging all aspects of prison life. The result was that prisoners were granted rights in a number of areas including court access, religious equality, due process in punishment, and equal protection by race. Inmates also received the benefits of larger cases that attacked broader conditions of confinement such as corporal punishment, overcrowding, health care, and sanitation. In some cases, this led to the abandonment of furloughs and work release programs. The removal of these programs and activities was one indicator that the New Penology had arrived to imprisonment, which meant that prisons now served to manage bodies rather than to rehabilitate people as their primary function. The organization, management, and daily ope...

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