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Appealing to Justice

Kitty Calavita and Valerie Jenness


Appealing to Justice is an unprecedented study of disputing in prison and a rare glimpse of daily life inside this most closed of institutions. The authors gained unique access to California prisoners and correctional officers, as well as to thousands of prisoners’ grievances. Quoting extensively from these data, they give voice to those who are rarely heard from. These voices unsettle conventional wisdoms in the literature—for example, about the reluctance of vulnerable populations to launch disputes—and they do it with sometimes striking poignancy. The book is at once an empirically rich por ... More

Keywords: prisons, prisoners, correctional officials, rights, disputing, grievances, legal mobilization, legal consciousness, institutions, Prison Litigation Reform Act

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2014 Print ISBN-13: 9780520284173
Published to California Scholarship Online: May 2015 DOI:10.1525/california/9780520284173.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Kitty Calavita, author
University of California, Irvine

Valerie Jenness, author