Law: Prison Rights

Doubling up is O.K.

In 1975 Kelly Chapman, an armed robber, and Richard Jaworski, who was serving out a narcotics conviction, were forced to share a 10½-ft. by 6½-ft. cell at Ohio's maximum-security prison in Lucasville. Citing the Eighth Amendment's ban on "cruel and unusual punishments," the bunkmates filed a class-action lawsuit that sought a "one man, one cell" policy. A federal judge granted their request and was upheld on appeal. Last week, in a decision of major significance for the nation's overcrowded prisons, the Supreme Court ruled, 8 to 1,...

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