Hands-off Doctrine | Definition

Doc's CJ Glossary by Adam J. McKee
Course: Corrections

The Hands-off Doctrine in the corrections context refers to the legal principle that courts should not interfere with the day-to-day management and operation of prisons and correctional facilities.

This doctrine holds that prison administrators and staff should have wide discretion in making decisions about the management and discipline of inmates and that courts should only intervene in exceptional circumstances, such as when there is a violation of an inmate’s constitutional rights. The doctrine is based on the idea that courts should not micromanage the administration of prisons, as it is best left to the experts in the field.

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Last Modified: 01/13/2023


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