Prisoner’s rights include laws that a person has while in prison. While there are some rights that prisoners are deprived of while incarcerated, they still have a set of basic rights that cannot be violated. These include the fundamental human rights and civil liberties that all Americans have.
There are several rights that prisoners do not have while behind bars. This includes the following:
While behind bars, a person still has the right to basic fundamental human rights and civil liberties. This includes the following rights:
Ultimately, prisons have the responsibility to run the prison in a way that keeps everyone safe. This includes prisoners, the guards, and the surrounding population. So prisons may bar some personal items, like picture frames or crucifixes which can be turned into weapons; anything that is considered to be harmful to the population can be taken away.
Prisoners may also lose rights depending on their behavior. So while prisoners may have rights to personal property, if they violate prison policy/rules and are considered a “danger” to the other prisoners and staff, then they may lose access to most (if not all) of their personal property. They may also lose access to the canteen (where they can buy goods) and lose rights to visitation.
However, there are moments where a prisoner’s rights have been clearly violated. Like if they have a disability which hinders/prevents mobility, like walking or going up and down the stairs, but the staff take away the prisoner’s wheelchair or cane. Even though the cane or wheelchair might be something that can be used as a weapon, it must be made available to the prisoner every time he needs to travel from one area to another.
If you are incarcerated and think your rights have been violated, a civil rights attorney can help you file a complaint and represent you in court. Whether your rights have been violated will generally be left to interpretation of the courts, so having an attorney would be extremely helpful to argue your case.
Last Modified: 04-23-2018 10:54 PM PDTLaw Library Disclaimer
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