San Diego Law Review


Maria Powers

Library of Congress Authority File


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This Comment addresses the use of private companies to physically transport prisoners from one state to another, and the standards and procedures that govern interstate extradition. Specifically, the Comment focuses on the issues raised when the prisoner is injured by an act of the private extradition company, and the prisoner has waived extradition proceedings or the extradition order has been deemed proper in a valid court hearing. The potential liability of both the private company performing the extradition and the authorizing state is analyzed. Policy considerations involved in the use of private extradition companies are presented, including a discussion of the prisoner's need for protective and preventative safeguards during transport. The author concludes that the balancing of interests should weigh in favor of the individual and that action should be taken to implement the safeguards necessary to protect the "prisoner."

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