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Prisoner Rights

FSW 206- Misty Riley, Tiffany Straub
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Tiffany Straub

on 6 December 2012

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Transcript of Prisoner Rights

Prisoner Rights While prisoners are stripped of many of their civil rights, there are many protections still in place for prisoners per federal and state laws. Prisoners do have the right to low, but basic living standards. Typically, however, the courts rule in favor of prison establishments curtailing civil rights to maintain order over prisoner complaints that their rights were violated. Some factors that determine adequacy of prison conditions include: Overcrowding Nutrition Lacking Food Unsanitary Living Conditions Lacking Access To Medical Care Pregnant Offenders and Lack of Medical Care Unsafe Building Conditions The Right to Equal Protection, which is widely different in the prison management system than in regular civilian application because it is a more violent environment. Other Rights Afforded to Prisoners, include- The Right to Observe Religious Occasions The Right to Medical Treatment The Right to Nourishing and Nutritious food on a daily basis The Right to not endure physical attacks from guards, unless the guard is acting in good faith to control or otherwise regulate a precarious situation The Right to be protected from attacks by other inmates The Right to Exercise The Right to make phone calls, send mail and receive mail, albeit typically monitored or screened. The Right to adequate accommodations if they qualify under the Americans with Disabilities Act. Other Rights are strictly regulated by the individual prison system and not guaranteed. PRISONERS DO NOT POSSESS ANY LEGAL PROTECTION FROM
SEARCH AND SEIZURE IN THEIR CELL, PROPERTY, OR EVEN THEIR OWN BODY. Why is this a social problem?
90% of the 650,000 prisoners incarcerated every year WILL eventually re-enter society.
Those individuals will face many issues to overcome being "institutionalized" the biggest road block will be finding work and being able to provide for themselves or family in some instances.
7.3 Million Children have at least one incarcerated parent- as future social workers it is important to know that many prisoners leave behind families, including but not limited to wives, husbands, children, mothers, etc
The disparity surrounding the incarcerated population on the vulnerable and oppressed society. Many did not have access to proper legal representation as well as racially targeted.
While it is understandable to punish the "rule-breakers" we must keep in mind that they are still humans and deserve for certain civil rights to be upheld according to constitutional rights as a US citizen. Imagine you are shackled at your hands and feet and being transported to a prison facility after being sentenced to 10 YEARS- WITHOUT PAROLE. There is absolutely no turning back.

What is going through your mind?



What will you miss the most?




How will you cope with your incarceration?





What do you fear the most?
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