On This Date in Legal History

On April 21, 1976, the United States Supreme Court heard oral arguments in the case of Meachum v. Fano. State prisoners, who were believed to be disruptive, sued to prevent their transfer to a less desirable facility. The issue on appeal was—is it a violation of the 14th Amendment (the Due Process Clause) for a State to unilaterally transfer an inmate to another prison without conducting a fact-finding hearing? On June 25, 1976, the United States Supreme Court held, in a 6-3 decision, that it wasn’t unconstitutional.  The Court found inmates enjoy no entitlement to reside at a particular prison.

80f9ee0e35c62e590ecce0aee10bada5Justice White explained–”The Constitution does not…guarantee that the convicted prisoner will be placed in any particular prison if, as is likely, the State has more than one correctional institution. The initial decision to assign the convict to a particular institution is not subject to audit under the Due Process Clause, although the degree of confinement in one prison may be quite different from that in another. The conviction has sufficiently extinguished the defendant’s liberty interest to empower the State to confine him in any of its prisons.”

About Tina Nelson
Tina Nelson

Tina Nelson is an attorney and mom. She created the LAWSUIT™ board game to teach her three children about the law. The game was an instant success. Copyrights and a patent were obtained, and Professional Games, Inc. was born. Professional Games, Inc. created this blog to educate and keep its friends and customers regularly updated about our American legal system.
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