The Legal Rights of the Convicted, Second Edition

The Legal Rights of the Convicted, Second Edition
Barbara Belbot, Craig Hemmens, and Michael R. Cavanaugh
February 2015

ISBN-13:  978-1-59332-832-0 / Paperback
Dimensions:  6 x 9 / xii, 282 pages

Price   $45.95

"Ideal for undergraduate classes and courses." -- Rolando V. del Carmen, Distinguished Professor and Regents Professor, College of Criminal Justice, Sam Houston State University

“What a remarkable contribution! The book touches all of the major considerations in correctional law, illuminates why those considerations are important, and is eminently readable.” -- Brandon K. Applegate, Professor, University of South Carolina

“Comprehensive, current, and balance…. incisive and impressive.” -- Alida V. Merlo, Professor, Indiana University of Pennsylvania

“I know of no other book that develops the area of correctional law with either the depth or the breadth of this book. A person who wants to find out about the law on corrections--issues, history, impact—need go no further than this one volume.”
-- Todd R. Clear, Dean, School of Criminal Justice, Rutgers University

“An important and much needed book…. a comprehensive yet understandable text on a very important subject that affects millions of our citizens. Everyone involved in the correctional system should have a copy.”
-- Edward Latessa, Professor and Director, School of Criminal Justice, University of Cincinnati

“The authors have masterfully discussed the balance between individual due process and the institutional obligation to manage a safe and secure facility. They focus on both the legal rights of convicted offenders (court access, religious expression, correspondence, etc.) as well as clarifying when officers can engage in justifiable searches, uses of force, and protect themselves against civil liability. The chapters on legal issues for offender supervision in the community, and special issues pertaining to sex offenders are especially pertinent. Discussion questions and references in each chapter are student-oriented and help with learning the material. This book is a useful resource for students and a “must have” for every correctional administrator in America."
-- Leanne Fiftal Alarid, Associate Professor, University of Texas-San Antonio


The second edition offers an updated discussion of relevant and current case law. New topics, including juvenile life without parole (LWOP), habeas corpus for enemy combatants, and transgendered inmates were addressed. New sections on DNA collection and testing, Sexual Offender Registration and Notification Act (SORNA), and deportation of legal residents were included in the updated edition. More significant court cases and their summaries were also added to the end of the book.

About the Author

Barbara Belbot is Chair and Professor of Criminal Justice at the University of Houston-Downtown. She holds a J.D. from the University of Houston Law Center and a Ph.D. in Criminal Justice from Sam Houston State University. Dr. Belbot has published numerous articles on criminal-justice related topics. Her primary research interests are institutional corrections, corrections law, and civil liability issues for criminal justice professionals.

Craig Hemmens is Chair and Professor in the Department of Criminal Justice and Criminology at Washington State University. He holds a J.D. from North Carolina Central University School of Law and a Ph.D. in Criminal Justice from Sam Houston State University. Professor Hemmens has published nineteen book and more than one hundred articles on a variety of criminal-justice related topics. His primary research interests are criminal law and procedure and corrections.

Michael Cavanaugh has a Ph.D. in Criminal Justice from Sam Houston State University. He is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Criminal Justice at the University of Houston-Downtown. Dr. Cavanaugh’s research interests include public policy questions, substance abuse issues, and a wide range of legal issues. He has published articles in the Journal of Quantitative Criminology, the American Journal of Public Health, the Journal of Offender Rehabilitation, and the Journal of Interpersonal Violence.

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