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Prisoner rights-Part 01

  7/5/2012
Summary:Prisoner rights-Part 01

Prisoner rights are basic human rights which many people think should be accorded to prisoners. The argument is that even though prisoners have been incarcerated for the commission of a crime, they are still living human beings, and they therefore deserve human rights, just like all other humans. Of special concern to some prisoner rights advocates are prisoners of conscience and other individuals who may not belong in prison, along with people who are imprisoned in nations where they are not citizens.

 

Some prisoner rights are not terribly controversial. For example, most advocates agree that prisoners have the right to safe living conditions, wholesome food, and medical care. Assault in prisons is a constant problem, and addressing assaults and rapes is an important part of prisoner rights advocacy. In addition, many advocates also believe that prisoners deserve certain legal protections, including the right to an attorney, access to the appeals process, the appeal to sue for better living conditions, and other protections which are guaranteed to prisoners by law, but not necessarily enforced.


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