Generally speaking, prisoners often have many of their rights and liberties stripped of them but even in the face of this, you should be aware of the fact that there are still a number of protections accorded them according to the state and federal laws. A good example is such as the case we have in the provisions under the Eighth Amendment where we see all prisoners protected from all forms of cruel and unusual treatment. Besides this, you need to know that the federal laws also operate to protect the prisoners’ basic rights and freedoms such as freedom of speech, religion and equal protection and without any discrimination. In so far as the living standards go, prisoners have a right to low standards but such that meet the basic human living conditions anyway. Below is a quick lowdown on some of the basic rights that you should know of in so far as prisoner rights go, even as one serves time in prison.
The prisoners’ rights regarding their living conditions and living standards is one of the most commonly disputed prisoner rights of the many rights that those in prison have. It is often the case that the living conditions in prisons will often not go beyond the bear minimum as set in the provisions of the Eighth Amendment. And talking of the Eight Amendment and its provisions with regards to the living conditions for those in prison, it is set clearly that the living conditions should meet the minimal civilized measure of life’s necessities. Talking of the suitability of the living conditions in prisons, you should know that these are determined by a number of factors some of which are the sanitation therein, food and nutrition (provided in prison, crowding inside the facility and the like factors.
There are still a number of rights that prisoners are afforded. One is the right to equal protection. Then there is the right to observe your religious occasions and functions. And still prisoners enjoy rights to medical treatment when this is the need anyway. You should as well know that there are rights and protections against attacks from fellow inmates and the right to not be subjected to any physical attacks from prison guards. There are some rights that are not quite guaranteed as they are regulated by the prison management system such as that of visitation.
Over and above these, prisoners are as well accorded the right to parole and you may as well want to know of these going forward. By and large, a parole is a conditional early release from prison.