Prisoner Rights

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The importance of a prisoners rights are to make sure that even though the prisoner is incarcerated that they have the same rights as they had before their incarceration. According to text fifty years ago the prisoner had no rights and they were considered to be outlaws or outcasts in society. The rights of the prisoner are important because the prisoner has a way of being able to open up law suits because of the overcrowding or the poor conditions. The issue of prisoner’s rights has brought a great deal of public attention. Normally when someone enters prison they are giving up certain freedoms for payment of the crimes that were committed. “The United States has more or less agreed that there are a number of rights that can no longer become applicable to the incarcerated person such as the right to come and go freely and were they can spend their free time.” Curriden, M (1995) People that are incarcerated have the right to food, medical care, and to voice their opinions if they feel something wrong has been done to them. The prisoners’ rights are minimal but they are there to protect the prisoner because when they are behind bars it is hard for them to fend for themselves. The state only provides what is absolutely necessary. As Lippke states, “they have rights to liberty of action of certain kinds, to the avoidance of injuries, and to the minimal provisions of certain goods” (Lippke 2002) The prisoners are not allowed to move around freely but move around by the direction of the prison guards. One of the rights that the prisoners have is to remain free from cruel and unusual punishment. The prisoners have very few rights but they are able to have the right to adequate food and health care. The positive of the rights on the indivitual inmate are they have the right to have a fair appeal, administrative appeals, and a state prisoner have the right to file a habeas…...

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