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Assert Your Rights as a Prisoner

Steve Wagner

The Bureau of Justice Statistics (BJS) records over 1,612,395 prisoners in federal correctional institutions across the country. The Indiana Law Board estimates that there are approximately 50,000 prisoners in Indiana state prisons. The prison population is on the rise, and so are instances of prison abuse and discrimination, such as denial of civil rights, ill-treatment, non-availability of medical aid, rapes and torture.

For instance, the American Civil Union Liberties of Indiana recently filed a contempt case against the Indiana Department of Correction on behalf of four prisoners. The case was based on the fact that the state did not provide them with kosher diets, which went against a December 2010 District Court directive that requires the department to provide acceptable diets for prisoners with strict religious principles. The action of the prison authorities furthermore violated the Religious Freedom Restoration Act of 1993.

At another extreme, a good majority of the one million (plus) women in various prisons remain susceptible to sexual and other forms of abuse. A BJS study reveals that 4.5 percent of the state and federal prisoners, or about 70,000 inmates, reported sexual victimization in a 12 month period.

Then there are the ever prevalent issues of denial of adequate medical care, unjustified solitary confinement and more. The recent District Court ruling that the Indiana Department of Correction, by placing mentally ill offenders in segregated confinement, violated the Eighth Amendment is one of many examples.

Very often, it is the knowledge of the laws and associated rulings that allow prisoners to realize that they have been subjected to discrimination. It takes the services of a skilled civil rights attorney to unearth facts, and fight to attain justice for civil rights violations, law enforcement misconduct and prison misconduct. For instance, even a rape victim needs a good attorney grounded in the facts and case laws of the Prison Rape Elimination Act, to ensure justice is delivered.

Wagner Reese is the perfect partner to represent you in all cases connected with prison abuse, law enforcement misconduct and other civil rights violations. If you or your loved ones have been or are currently in prison, do not hesitate to contact us at (888) 204-8440 for a free consultation. Our track record speaks for itself. Our panel of seasoned experts can determine the nature of abuse suffered and leave no stone unturned in order to claim compensation.


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