Corrections officers have broad leeway to maintain order in prisons and jails, but this does not give them the right to beat or otherwise abuse inmates. All prisons and jails have procedures, standards, and protocols guards and prison staff are supposed to follow. Prison practices are not allowed to violate prisoner's civil rights protected by the United States Constitution, federal or state law, or The Prison Litigation Reform Act (PRLA), passed by Congress in 1996.
If a guard takes a particular dislike to certain prisoners and singles them out for excessive discipline or unfair treatment it may be in violation or prisoner's rights. For example, guards are not permitted to treat prisoners badly or differently because of their race, gender, sexual orientation, or ethnicity.Read the rest of this entry »
Prison life is stressful and populated by both nonviolent and violent offenders, and, no matter how well run a prison or jail is, many violent acts are committed against inmates including acts of police or correction officer abuse and brutality, illegal strip searches, rape, and assault. But you might be surprised to learn that the leading cause of death in the penal system is prisoner suicide.
According to some statistical studies, the murder rate in prison is significantly less than that of some big American cities, only amounting to two or three out of 100,000 prisoners every year.Read the rest of this entry »