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Authors

Evan R. Seamone

Abstract

For years, Iowa's Fort Madison State Penitentiary maintained an expansive collection of legal holdings that rivaled libraries in many small law firms. Prison staff updated older editions of treatises and hornbooks, and an individual who had experience in legal research aided prisoners in selecting materials from the collection. In the late 1990s, however, this legal assistance promptly halted when guards stripped bare the shelves of the law section and dumped hundreds of law books into the prison courtyard.'

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