What are prisoner’s rights?
Prisoners’ rights in the United States were so crucial to the country’s founders that they embedded them into the early amendments of The Constitution. This most sacred government document added the Eighth Amendment in 1791. The Amendment, part of the Bill of Rights, states, “Excessive bail shall not be required, nor excessive fines imposed, nor cruel and unusual punishments inflicted.” These words, adapted from the English Bill of Rights, spell out protections for pretrial and post-trial treatment of the accused.
Common Examples of Violating a
Prisoner’s Civil Rights
- Kicking inmates
- Destroying a prisoner’s property without cause
- Ignoring the inmate’s need for medical attention
- Humiliating or verbally abusing the inmate
- Withholding food
- Failing to acknowledge the prisoner’s dietary requirements
- Excessive force, or excessive use of force
- Too much use of prisoner restraints, e.g. handcuffs
- Spiteful punishment of prisoners
- Sexual abuse or sexual assault of the prisoner
- Prisoner or inmate death
What can I do if my rights have been violated?
Violating anyone’s legal rights is a cause for seeking legal representation. Although you can represent yourself or search Google for answers, legal professionals have the education and years of experience to help you. The key is to find a team dedicated to your cause. You need someone who will take the time to talk to you and get to know the violations that you suffered. You need a lawyer experienced in prisoner’s civil rights cases.
What are the most basic Civil Rights in Prison?
According to the Bureau of Prisons, Alcatraz is where Federal prisons sent unruly inmates who other Federal Prisons could not control. At this location, a prisoner was granted four rights: food, clothing, shelter, and medical care. Unfortunately, today prisons do not always grant these four fundamental rights to inmates convicted of much lesser crimes than those committed by prisoners at Alcatraz. For example, decent food is often a civil rights violation. Further, insufficient medical care is another common prisoners’ civil rights violation.
Alcatraz was shut down in 1963, but civil rights violations have raged on. A report by Margo Schlanger lists the number of total incarcerated citizens in the US from 1970-2018. The count includes Federal prisons, State prisons, and local jails. Further, Schlanger gathered statistics on the number of civil rights cases filed in all of these locations combined. Below are graphs detailing these statistics by decade.
If you feel your civil rights have been violated while in prison, contact K Altman Law today