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Pell v. Procunier

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Citation. 417 U.S. 817, 94 S. Ct. 2800, 41 L. Ed. 2d 495, 1974 U.S.

Brief Fact Summary. Members of the press were denied access to interview prison inmates in a face-to-face format.

Synopsis of Rule of Law. The First Amendment does not guarantee the press special access to places not generally open to the public. The press has no right of access to prisons or inmates beyond what is given to the public.


Facts. Pell (Petitioner) challenges the constitutionality of the California code prohibiting press interviews with prison inmates. All requests to interview inmates in California prisons were denied.

Issue. Is it unconstitutional to prohibit the media physical access to prison inmates?

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