There is little doubt that a prisoner's most important right is access to the courts. Without access, prisoners have neither a forum in which to question the conditions and constitutionality of their confinement, nor an arena in which to seek vindication of other alleged rights violations. Therefore, the right of access is the foundation upon which other prisoners' rights are built.
Steven D. Hinckley,
Bounds and Beyond: A Need to Reevaluate the Right of Prisoner Access to the Courts,
U. Rich. L. Rev.
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