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02.05 The Bill of Rights
Transcript of 02.05 The Bill of Rights
By: Tatum Gonzales
Two situations I have addressed and evaluate in my email:
1. The government forced people to evacuate from their homes.
2. Prisoners were kept in prisons that lacked power, supplies, and plumbing during the emergency.
Dear President Donald Trump,
Individual rights are not always absolute because in the event that everybody could do what they wanted, the privileges of others would be abused and eventually prompt disorder. The Constitution protects individual rights but also limits individual rights by allowing the government to pass laws to limit conduct. I decided to write a email to you today to discuss some issues that are occurring in my community. The government forced people to evacuate from their homes and prisoners were kept in prisons that lacked needs.
Recently, authorities forced people to leave their house against their will for their own safety because of the dangers caused by the storm. It was wrong because the fourth amendment protects the people's rights to be "secure in their houses, papers, and effects." Forcing people to leave their house against their will is wrong and a violation of their rights. But on the other hand, authorities decided to do this for everyone's safety but it doesn't mean they have the right to force people out of their houses. People should have the right of choosing to stay in their house or not. Instead, they should have just told them it would be safer to go somewhere else.
Another issue I want to discuss is prisoners were kept in prisons that lacked power, supplies, and plumbing during the emergency. The Eighth Amendment protects people from "cruel or unusual punishment." Keeping prisoners in harsh conditions does not violate the Eight Amendment because the storm's effects were not intentional punishments. The officers did not receive any emergency training or what to do in an emergency, which caused the prisoners to be kept in harsh conditions. Overcrowding was a big problem when prisoners were evacuated to other jails. It should be mandatory for all officers to be put through emergency training and to have an evacuation plan so in the future this issue would not happen again.
Overall, we shouldn't force people to leave their homes, you should advise them to leave their house and move somewhere safer and all officers should be put through emergency training and an evacuation plan should be put together so they can be prepared better. I really appreciate you taking some time to read this email that is addressing the issues in my community.