Prisoners

Prisoners’ are still human just like the rest of society so therefore they still have rights just like everyone else even though they are incarcerated. Hate it or love it that is how it works. Although prisoners have rights they are still incarcerated, not on vacation. Prison is a form of punishment and if certain rights are not implemented prisoners would do whatever they want and will continue to return. Prisoners’ rights include; freedom of speech, and religion, freedom from arbitrary punishment on a sole basis of beliefs, religion, racial and ethnic origin, freedom from constant physical restraints, a small amount of space for physical movement, personal hygiene products, the opportunity to bathe, the right to an attorney, and the list goes on. Some rights in my eyes prisoners should not have because all though they are human, they still are criminals. Some prisons allow inmates to have conjugal visits, regular visits, and passes for temporary leave. Why should inmates have the right to have sexual interactions with their wife, or leave temporarily? They are in prison for a reason and should be revoked of those types of rights. Rights are something people should think about before they commit crimes. Rights should be stricter, so that it is the first thing people think about when they get out. I could not imagine being incarcerated and leaving my wife and two kids behind because of an immature decision I made. I think twice before doing things and the rights that I would have in prison stays on my mind. When someone is incarcerated they are basically someone else’s property, they can not come and go as they please, or eat when they want. Individual rights are limited in prison. If visitation rights are not allowed and a person is striped of all rights except the basic human rights they will think twice before coming back to prison. The positives about the rights of individuals in prison are it allows them to
maintain themselves while incarcerated and it might help prevent further crimes when they are released. Prisons are more governed by policies, procedures, and regulations with the rights of inmates. The rights of an inmate help guards and the warden maintain the prison system. An inmate could be negatively affected from rights allowed in prison also. Prisoners’ have a better chance of suing prisons for cruel and unusual punishment if their rights are violated. Some inmates need medication to be sane so if they were not allowed it they would go crazy. Diseases would also be a concern if inmates were not giving certain rights such as the ability to clean, and personal hygiene products.
The eight amendment guarantees citizens the right to be free by paying bail and cruel and unusual punishment. The eighth amendment comes from the 14th amendment. The function of the eighth amendment is to basically restrict courts from giving cruel and unusual punishments to individuals for crimes they have committed. The eighth amendment is important because it allows everyone to be treated like a human and get ridiculous punishments like in the old days. The death penalty is a widely controversial topic when discussing the eighth amendment.
According to the text Section 1983: civil rights litigation provides “Every person who, under color of any statute, ordinance, regulation, custom or usage, of any State or Territory, subjects of causes to be subjected, any citizen of the United States of other person within the jurisdiction thereof to the deprivation of any rights, privileges or immunities security by the Constitution and laws, shall be liable to the party injured in an action at law, suit at equity, or other proper proceeding for redress.”(Corrections: The Fundamentals, by Burk Foster). The function of this statute is to provide a cure for the abuse because of race.
Overall I disagree with the implementation of prisoners’ rights. I feel that certain rights are a must, but other rights are just extra. I do not believe prisoners’ should be able to play pool, watch television and hang out with others in the yard. It might sound harsh but I feel that it would prevent a lot of people from coming to prison. It is like when you are a kid and you get in trouble in school for fighting. Let’s say you get sent to your room and you can not watch television, play video games or talk on the phone, if you witness that type of punishment most likely you will not do anything else to put yourself in that situation. When you get striped of certain rights but some are still available it is not teaching a lesson. It is like your parents saying go to your room you’re punished, no phone calls but you can play your video games.

Reference Page
Prison - Prisoners' Rights retrieved from http://law.jrank.org/pages/9386/Prison-Prisoners-Rights.html
What are Prisoner Rights? By S.E. Smith Published January 2010 Retrieved fromhttp://www.wisegeek.com/what-are-prisoner-rights.htm
Corrections: The Fundamentals, by Burk Foster. Published by Prentice-Hall. Copyright © 2006 by Pearson Education, Inc.http://www.oppapers.com/essays/Prisoners/404687

Prisoners 9.7 of 10 on the basis of 1978 Review.