A 50 State Prison Policy Analysis on Media Access Public Deposited

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  • May 14, 2019
  • Ajeen, Ayan
    • Affiliation: School of Media and Journalism
  • Conditions in jails and prisons are matters of great public importance. News media must have access to prisons to hold these facilities accountable. Through access, mistreatment can be brought to light and ultimately eliminated. The purpose of this thesis is to analyze state prison policies regarding media access and based on those policies, propose an ideal policy to be implemented. To analyze prison policies regarding media access across the fifty states, this study mainly incorporated the use of state policies. This study analyzed contemporaneous prison policies regarding media access of all fifty states and organized them into a table by interview and facility access policies. Based on the findings, this study concluded the most ideal policy is one that leans towards pro-media as well as pro-prisoner while still maintaining the safety of the facility. This would allow the media members to fulfill their role of holding the facility accountable, while leaving room for the facility to prioritize the safety of the individuals it houses and staffs.
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  • Cabosky, Joseph
  • Bachelor of Arts
Academic concentration
  • Journalism & Mass Communication
Honors level
  • Honors
Degree granting institution
  • University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Graduation year
  • 2019
  • English

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