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November 13, 2020


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Prisoner’s Resource-Know of Your Rights as a Prisoner

Generally speaking, prisoners often have many of their rights and liberties stripped of them but even in the face of this, you should be aware of the fact that there are still a number of protections accorded them according to the state and federal laws. A good example is such as the case we have in the provisions under the Eighth Amendment where we see all prisoners protected from all forms of cruel and unusual treatment. And over and above this, you should remember that the federal laws as well operate to protect prisoner’s rights and basic freedoms some of which are the freedom of speech, religion and equal protection irrespective of any factors that may be discriminatory. Looking at the right to living standards, prisoners have a right to low but basic living conditions while therein. Below is a quick lowdown on some of the basic rights that you should know of in so far as prisoner rights go, even as one serves time in prison.

By and large, of the many rights there are for prisoners to enjoy while in prison, the one that is so commonly contested is that of their living standards and conditions. Talking of the living conditions in prisons, it is often the case that the normal conditions met here edge in most cases on the very minimums set by the Eight Amendment. The provisions of the Eighth Amendment set it out clearly that the living conditions in prisons should meet the minimal civilized measure of the needs of life. Talking of the suitability of the living conditions in prisons, you should know that these are determined by a number of factors some of which are the sanitation therein, food and nutrition (provided in prison, crowding inside the facility and the like factors.

And as a matter of fact, there are a number of other rights that prisoners are often afforded and accorded anyway. One of these is the right to equal protection. Over and above this, there is the right to observe and attend your religious occasions and ceremonies. And still prisoners enjoy rights to medical treatment when this is the need anyway. You should as well know that there are rights and protections against attacks from fellow inmates and the right to not be subjected to any physical attacks from prison guards. Some rights are however not a guarantee anyway as they are but regulated by the prison management system such as the right to visitation.

Over and above these, prisoners are as well accorded the right to parole and you may as well want to know of these going forward. Talking of parole, this is but a provision that allows one in prison to enjoy a conditional early release from jail.

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