NEW YORK PRISON INJURY LAWYER
YOU HAVE CIVIL RIGHTS WHILE YOU ARE IN PRISON
- The right to medical treatment
- The right to mental health care
- The right to be free from racial discrimination
- The right to complain about poor conditions
- The right to be secure from peer violence
- The right to clean conditions
- The right to be free from harassment
- Prisoners with disabilities must be appropriately accommodated
FACILITIES AND CONDITIONS MUST BE HUMANE
The Eighth Amendment of the United States Constitution prohibits “cruel and unusual punishment.” Courts have interpreted prisons that are infested with rats, lacking proper toilets and shower facilities and not providing adequate health care to violate the Eighth Amendment. It is the duty of a prison to protect inmates from sex crimes, including sexual harassment. The Prison Rape Elimination Act was passed into law in 2003 to address this problem. Prisons must provide access to facilities and programs for prisoners with disabilities.
Injuries at prisons are so commonplace that it is nightmarish. Despite efforts from Human Rights Organizations all over the World, the problem persists. Not only does the United States have more people behind bars than any other highly developed nation, the conditions for inmates are much worse. Physical injuries to inmates include broken teeth, burns, spinal cord injuries, brain injuries, abdominal injuries, psychological injuries from rapes and abuse, disfigurement and wrongful death. The psychological injuries from rape and abuse are often the most damaging, plaguing inmates long after their release.
It is well-established that most of the abuse is perpetrated by prison staff, not other inmates, but gangs inside prisons are also responsible for much peer violence and rape. Sexual abuse is even more common in juvenile prisons than in adult detention centers. Statistics run as high as 1 in 10 juveniles reporting sexual abuse, as children are not as strong and much less likely to speak up when abused. Denial of medical treatment can mean that illnesses that could be easily treated progress to much more serious conditions, and sometimes even become life-threatening.
Here in New York, Riker’s Island is plagued with abuse, and statistics don’t show how bad it really is because so few inmates come forward for fear of retaliation. There are laws to protect inmates, and people to help them. That’s why you need a New York Prison Injury Lawyer to help you assert your rights and protect you from retaliation.
WHAT CLAIMS CAN AN INMATE BRING?
- Negligent Security and Protection from Peer to Peer Violence
- Assault and Battery
- Negligent Hiring Practices
- Failure to Terminate Known Abusive Staff
- Violations of the Eighth Amendment prohibition against “cruel and unusual punishment.”
HELP IS HERE: NEW YORK PRISON INJURY LAWYER
If you have been a victim of abuse or neglect while in the prison system, a New York Prison Injury Lawyer can help you assert your rights. It is complicated to sue governments, but it can be done successfully on your behalf. Filing deadlines are short, and evidence can be difficult to acquire after much time has passed, so don’t delay, call New York Prison Injury Attorney today.
NEW YORK PRISON INJURY LAWYER
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