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When a prisoner can't get medical care

Every human being deserves medical care when he or she is sick. However, New York residents who are serving time in prison might not always get the medical care they require. Whether it's due to prisoner neglect, negligence or wrongdoing -- if a prisoner can't get medical attention for a serious condition, it could be a violation of the prisoner's civil rights.

How one inmate changed prisoners' rights forever

Just because you're an inmate and serving time does not mean you don't have rights, and it certainly does not mean you can't make a difference in the world. Ex-inmate Martin Sostre is proof of this fact. The prisoner received clemency in 1976 from New York's then-governor. Before receiving clemency, he began a successful campaign for prisoner's rights from his New York prison cell.

What rights do I have as a prisoner?

The United States justice system exists with the intention of bringing equality to every human in society. This notion of equality does not disclude the U.S. prison population. Indeed, people in prison are there, serving time for alleged crimes. By serving that time, inmates are repaying their "debt" to society for whatever crime or crimes they were convicted of committing.

West coast prisoner sues over sewage in cell

According to a prisoner in California, prison officers ignored his backed up toilet. The toilet flooded raw sewage into his cell and he was forced to live in the same area as the sewage for multiple days before prison officers took action to clean up the mess.

What is the Prison Litigation Reform Act?

Congress approved the Prison Litigation Reform Act in 1996. A lot of critics of this legislation have judged it as unfairly limiting the ability of inmates to bring forward federal court lawsuits relating to prisoner abuse. Let's take a look at the five major provisions of the PLRA:

Have you or a family member been abused in prison?

Our nation is founded on the basic human rights afforded by the U.S. Constitution. A human right is something everybody has, regardless their ages, sexes, national origins, races, religious preferences and immigration status. Even those who are in prison are protected by the U.S. Constitution.

Dozens Of Inmates Injured Following Prison Guard Attack

On July 6, 2016, dozens of officers at the Mid-State Correctional Facility, outside Utica, conducted an unannounced -- and inexcusably violent -- raid on the prison's inmates. More than 30 prisoners suffered injuries, according to a report in the New York Times, including broken ribs, broken noses, contusions, and forced sodomy.

Report looks at prison guard abuse and brutality in New York

They are unpleasant topics that many New Yorkers prefer not to look at too closely: prison guard brutality and prisoner's rights. Most people would prefer to imagine a scenario in which a criminal is convicted for his or her crimes and sent away to pay the price. They don't want to imagine that a prisoner might be brutalized in a New York correctional facility. Instead they want to assume that the treatment of prisoners is fair and just. Unfortunately, this is not always the case.

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