Jones v. North Carolina Prisoners’ Labor Union, Inc., 433 U.S. 119 (1977)

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Author: John Paul Stevens

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Jones v. North Carolina Prisoners’ Labor Union, Inc., 433 U.S. 119 (1977)

MR. JUSTICE STEVENS, concurring in part and dissenting in part.

My disagreement with the Court is extremely narrow. The Court has not sanctioned a restraint on discussion between inmates on the relative advantages or disadvantages of belonging to a prisoners’ union. The prohibition of inmate-to-inmate solicitation which the Court upholds is defined as "an invitation to collectively engage in a legitimately prohibited activity." Ante at 132. The Court has made it clear that mere membership in a union is not such an activity, ante at 128-129. The language of appellants’ "no-solicitation regulation" is, however, somewhat broader.* Therefore, instead of concluding that the entire regulation is valid, ante at 136, I would hold it invalid to the extent that it exceeds the Court’s definition.

I join the portions of the Court’s opinion concerning the bulk mailing and union meeting claims.

Persons in the custody of the Department of Correction are prohibited from soliciting other inmates about membership in any inmate union.

Jurisdictional Statement 38.

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Chicago: John Paul Stevens, "Stevens, J., Concurring and Dissenting," Jones v. North Carolina Prisoners’ Labor Union, Inc., 433 U.S. 119 (1977) in 433 U.S. 119 433 U.S. 139. Original Sources, accessed September 20, 2018, http://www.originalsources.com/Document.aspx?DocID=D913FCLPCHUVYEQ.

MLA: Stevens, John Paul. "Stevens, J., Concurring and Dissenting." Jones v. North Carolina Prisoners’ Labor Union, Inc., 433 U.S. 119 (1977), in 433 U.S. 119, page 433 U.S. 139. Original Sources. 20 Sep. 2018. www.originalsources.com/Document.aspx?DocID=D913FCLPCHUVYEQ.

Harvard: Stevens, JP, 'Stevens, J., Concurring and Dissenting' in Jones v. North Carolina Prisoners’ Labor Union, Inc., 433 U.S. 119 (1977). cited in 1977, 433 U.S. 119, pp.433 U.S. 139. Original Sources, retrieved 20 September 2018, from http://www.originalsources.com/Document.aspx?DocID=D913FCLPCHUVYEQ.