In order to facilitate an understanding of the current state of prisoners' protected rights, this Note first discusses the historical development of those rights. It then examines the Connecticut Board of Pardons v. Dumschat opinion in light of the previous decisions of the United States Supreme Court regarding prisoners' due process rights. Finally, this Note discusses Dumschat's role in the Court's continued narrowing of the threshold criteria required for prisoners to establish liberty interests worthy of constitutional protection.
II. Historical Rights of Prisoners
III. The Dumschat Decision … A. Lower Court Opinions … B. Supreme Court Decision
IV. Analysis … A. The Critical Difference … B. A Unilateral Hope … C. Encumber for No Good Reason
David DeTar Newbert,
Searching for a Liberty Interest: The Prisoner's Right to Due Process: Connecticut Board of Pardons v. Dumschat, 101 S. Ct. 2460 (1981),
61 Neb. L. Rev.
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