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Deal with Civil Rights Violations the Right Way

Steve Wagner

Having your civil rights violated can be a gross invasion of your privacy, demeaning to your integrity and a traumatic affair. This violation can also happen to prisoners when incarcerated.

What Are Prisoner Civil Rights?

Civil rights are mandated by the Supreme Court and for a prisoner, these can be related to his/her safety, health and human dignity. These rights are in place to ensure that they are treated humanely, are not victims of racism and do not live in degrading conditions. There are several other aspects that are taken into consideration as well.

Different Prisoner Civil Rights Violations

Violation of civil rights of a prisoner can happen in many ways. They can be broadly classified into those based on:

  • Incidents of police brutality, custody abuse and torture
  • Medical care in prison
  • Mental health care in prison
  • Prison conditions
  • Existence and functioning of private prisons
  • Restrictions on reformative measures of reading, writing, etc allowing for rehabilitation
  • Solitary confinement
  • Discrimination on the basis of sex, age, race and national origin
  • Disability discrimination

What To Do In Cases of Violation

  • Understand if you have been violated: Prisoners will need to stand up for their rights, especially since these rights are being violated by the very people appointed to uphold the law.
  • Seek legal help: Filing a civil rights violation case against prison officials can be tricky because the constitution allows for cases to be dismissed if found to be malicious. A prisoner may also lose any good credit earned. In cases of mental or physical harassment, physical injury has to be present. Involving a professional civil rights attorney at this point will help.

How Can an Attorney Help?

  • Right way to file a case: A civil rights attorney can make a world of difference with regard to moving this forward, especially since there are different ways in which to file a case of violation and seek justice.
  • Document injuries: A prisoner will have to have all injuries documented and put on state record. Filing a civil rights violation case at most times cannot be done without legal representation. Each kind of case will have its own set of requirements as far as filing a case is concerned.
  • Ability to file: The lawyer will also ensure that you are within the statute of limitation for civil rights cases if it is applicable. This can be a little tricky because it is dependent on state or federal laws no matter which court you decide to file in.
  • Time frame: In the end, it is the Federal Law that will make a decision on the time frame. A lawyer is the only one who can help you make sense of it all.
  • Figuring out the strong points: Every case has its own merits and things work out very differently. Having the right legal representation can make all the difference.

If you are looking for the right lawyers to help you with a civil rights violation case, Indianapolis jail and prison death attorneys will be able to provide you with all the legal help you will need. Contact us today for a free consultation about your case.


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