Legal Issues and Liability
Throughout this chapter, numerous examples are cited of how vigorously the courts have emerged from a long period of reluctance to address correctional operations. In fact, the years of most active intervention generated concern that the judiciary may have been overextending its interference. More recently, the general trend in correctional law has been directed toward achieving an equitable balance between inmate rights and institutional security. Nevertheless, the courts have made it clear that they will respond to valid inmate complaints when administrators are unable or unwilling to do so.