Are there methods other than lawsuits that would be better to ensure inmates' rights?Are there methods other than lawsuits that would be better to ensure inmates' rights?

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litteacher8 | High School Teacher | (Level 3) Distinguished Educator

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Legislation is also effective, but there are not going to be many politicians itching to prove they are soft on crime by wanting to improve conditions for inmates. The only people likely to care are loved ones and advocacy groups, the groups who file the lawsuits.
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Susan Hurn | College Teacher | (Level 1) Educator Emeritus

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In some legal proceedings, independent, neutral mediators work to resolve issues so that they do not have to be resolved in court. This is not the same procedure that is employed in binding arbitration; mediation, if it failed to resolve an issue, would not prevent a claimant from then proceeding to court with a suit. This approach might be useful in giving an inmate an opportunity to air grievances and obtain relief, if their complaints are legitimate. Mediation is sometimes used in divorce proceedings to avoid a trial.

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