The United States Constitution guarantees certain rights to all citizens, including those who are in jail. If you or a loved have been arrested, it is important for you to understand your rights while you are in custody. These prisoner rights apply to both inmates who have been convicted and sentenced to jail time and defendants who have been arrested on charges of a crime and are waiting for their trial or bail hearing. If you are in custody, awaiting trial, let the staff at C.L. Collins Bonding help you get out of jail fast with our professional bonding services.
What Are Prisoner Rights?
Knowing your rights is important for all citizens, but perhaps it is most important for you to know your rights once you have been taken into custody. Here are some basic prisoner rights guaranteed by the Eighth and Fourteenth Amendments to the Constitution.
Minimum Standard of Life
Under the Constitution, prisoners have the right to a minimum standard of living. This includes edible, nutritious food, time outdoors every day and access to basic hygiene needs.
If a prisoner has a disability or ongoing health issue, under the Americans with Disabilities Act, they have the right to reasonable accommodations to provide them with the minimum standard of living guaranteed all prisoners.
One of the most important prisoner rights is the guarantee that they will be free from cruel and unusual punishment. This protects them from harm or abuse from the prison guards and other inmates.
Whether you have been arrested for a DUI, drug possession or a felony crime, knowing your rights can help while you are in custody. If you want to get out of custody as quickly as possible, contact our office at (919) 205-5322 and we’ll help you post bail.