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Q: Inmate Rights ( Answered 5 out of 5 stars,   0 Comments )
Subject: Inmate Rights
Category: Miscellaneous
Asked by: jfh2-ga
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Posted: 20 Aug 2002 07:04 PDT
Expires: 19 Sep 2002 07:04 PDT
Question ID: 56507
Do inmates lose their right to enter into a legal contract while
incarcerated in the state of Wisconsin?
Subject: Re: Inmate Rights
Answered By: scribe-ga on 21 Aug 2002 14:19 PDT
Rated:5 out of 5 stars
I contacted the Wisconsin Department of Corrections in search of an
answer to your query. They responded quickly and very helpfully. Here
is the text of their email to me:

   After speaking with legal counsel and our Security Chief, the
answer is: it
   depends. Legally, inmates are not restricted from signing
contracts, for
   example, for a magazine subscription. But our Administrative Rules
   enterprises and fraud. I refer you to the Corrections section: (On this page, enter DOC
303.32 to
   read the revelant rules.)

   I suggest the inmate would ask the prison staff whether the
contract would
   be allowed while the person is incarcerated.

I have read 303.32 and it seems to contain nothing barring inmates
from entering  into a legal contract. However, it does seems to bar
them from entering credit-purchase agreements (a kind of contract) in

If you have any further questions, I would suggest you contact William
Clausius, the Public Information Officer at the Wisconsin Department
of Corrections. His email address is: He is the person who responded to my

303.32, seems to contain nothing specifically barring an inmate from
entering a contract. However, it does seem to bar an inmate from
buying something on credit (an greement to "pay later.")
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