Prisoner’s Rights News
A National Geographic documentary explains how convicts extort inmates in a variety of ways. In exchange for protection, inmates must offer cash, goods or sexual services.
It is important to understand that while violent crimes, including rape, murder, and assaults is a common occurrence in jails and prisons, prisoners do have certain rights that allow them to seek civil justice against guards and corrections officers that encourage or instigate or abuse and violence by convicts or inmates. They can also be held responsible for "turning the other way" and allowing violence, or when they commit violent acts against prisoners themselves.Read the rest of this entry »
December 09, 2010. PITTSBURGH (AP) -- The new U.S. attorney in Pittsburgh has created a five-attorney civil rights unit to handle criminal and civil cases involving hate crimes, police misconduct, and other civil rights issues in the 25-county western district of Pennsylvania. “It is hard to believe that in 2010 we are still fighting for equality of all Americans,” U.S. Attorney David Hickton said at a news conference Tuesday.
The unit will also target sexual exploitation of children and human trafficking, and civil rights issues more likely to prompt lawsuits than criminal prosecutions, such as biased lending and housing practices.Read the rest of this entry »