All citizens of the United States have civil rights, even if they are part of the correctional system. However, many jail or prison inmates do not know their rights, and therefore do not understand when they have been violated. Although inmates have different rights than civilians in some cases, they still have certain opportunities to avoid neglect, abuse, discrimination, an other issues under the law. In this section of the website, I will discuss prison rights. Learn more about the pages in this section below.
Prison Inmate Rights Pages in this Section
First and foremost, it is important for you to understand the rights that prison inmates are awarded based on the U.S. Constitution. Check out this page in this section for more information about these rights, examples of common issues, and what to do if you feel that your rights have been violated.
Wrongful death in prison is one unfortunate issue that some prison inmates face. There are many reasons that wrongful death may occur, and many parties that might be held responsible for an inmate’s death. You can learn more about what to do if a loved one died while in a correctional facility here.
While death is an extreme example of what can go wrong in prisons, there are less serious yet frustrating issues that you could face in jail or prison. On this page, you can learn more about common injuries that inmates face and how to protect yourself and get help.
Women make up a large part of the correctional facility population, even if we don’t normally think of women in prison. What happens if a female inmate is pregnant? What rights does she have related to her pregnancy and her baby? You can find out on this page.
Another population in prison that can face discrimination and other issues are the disabled. You can learn more about the rights that disabled people have in prison here. Also check out our religious discrimination page to learn more about ways that you cannot be discriminated against in prison because of your religion, and our page on transgender discrimination in prison.
It is likely that you are familiar with the term “excessive force” as it relates to police officers, but Department of Corrections workers and other correctional facility employees can also be guilty of excessive force. Learn more on our assault and excessive force page.
Did you know that correctional facility inmates have rights when it comes to mail? You can find out more about them on this page.
Make sure to check out the pages in this section to learn more about getting the help that you need if your rights have been violated or if you have been injured. If you would like to file a lawsuit against a correctional facility or a correctional facility worker, contact our office for assistance. We have handled civil rights cases and can provide personal injury resources to make sure that you get the compensation and justice that you deserve. We are happy to help!