Prisoners Have Rights By: Caden Laviaguerre

My Overview of Prisoner Rights

Federal and state laws govern the establishment and administration of prisons as well as the rights of the inmates. Although prisoners do not have full Constitutional rights, they are protected by the Constitution's prohibition of cruel and unusual punishment.

A culture of punishment, has led the United States to rely on incarceration more heavily than any other country in the world does. The politicization of criminal justice policy and a lack of evidence based assessment result in a one way ratchet in which law and policy grow ever more.

Do Criminals Have Rights

Under the Constitution, someone accused of a crime has the right to a speedy trial. These men have been accused. A person is accused only after a grand jury finds that there is enough evidence for an indictment, the prosecution files a document accusing the person of committing a crime, or the person is arrested.

Far too many prisoners are held in conditions that threaten their health, safety, and human dignity on a daily basis. So we need to ask ourselves, are the consequences really necessary?


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