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Explain why access to courts can be considered the most basic of prisoner rights and describe how courts expect prisons to grant that access.
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Access to courts is the most basic of prisoner rights because without it any other right would be moot since prisoners would have no way to bring their claims to the court's attention. For example, prison officials may be subjecting the inmate to cruel and unusual punishment, but without the right to access the courts there would be no way to let the court know about the cruel and unusual punishment. Access is guaranteed by preventing prison authorities from restricting an inmate's right to apply to a court for a writ of habeas corpus. Further, meaningful access requires prison officials to provide inmates with an adequate law library or adequate legal assistance from a person trained in law so the inmate can pursue a legal claim.
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