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Prisoners are afforded certain rights protected by federal

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Prisoners are afforded certain rights protected by federal and state laws. What rights do you think prisoners should retain while incarcerated?
Submitted: 7 years ago.
Category: Criminal Law
Expert:  JD replied 7 years ago.

Prisoners retain several rights while incarcerated that must be protected.


- Right against cruel and unusual punishment - this could involve prison disciplinary measures, police brutality, and inhumane facility conditions


- Right to due process of law for complaints and grievances that include access to courts


- Right to reasonable accomodations for physical and mental disabilities and for reasonably necessary medical care


- Right to free speech (including religious expression) as long as it does not interfere with prison security or operations


- Right to be free from discrimination based upon race


This is not an exhaustive list, but includes most of those that immediately come to mind.


Feel free to reply if I can help further.

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