‘Double Celling’ In Prisons Is Constitutional

1986

In Rhodes v. North Carolina, the U.S. Supreme Court rejects an inmate’s Eighth Amendment challenge to a prison’s practice of placing two inmates in a cell, or “double celling.” Noting that the Constitution “does not mandate comfortable prisons” and that it only protects against being denied “the minimal civilized measure of life’s necessities,” the court says double celling does not … rise[] to the level of “unnecessary and wanton infliction of pain” that the Eighth Amendment prohibits.