By and large, those serving time in prison often have a good share of their civil rights and liberties stripped of them but this be as it is, there are some protections that are still in place regarding them and their needs there as per 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. And over and above this, you should remember that the federal laws as well operate to protect prisoner’s rights and basic freedoms some of which are the freedom of speech, religion and equal protection irrespective of any factors that may be discriminatory. Looking at the right to living standards, prisoners have a right to low but basic living conditions while therein. 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. The adequacy of the living conditions in prison is actually determined by a number of factors some of which are the crowding inside the prison, food and nutrition, the standards of sanitation inside the prison, access to medical care and so on and so forth.
Over and above these, you need to know that there are still lots of other rights afforded prisoners. One is the right to equal protection. Over and above this, there is the right to observe and attend your religious occasions and ceremonies. Besides these, prisoners as well enjoy their right to medical treatment. There are as well protections against attacks from other inmates and the right not to be subjected to physical attacks from guards. Some rights are however not a guarantee anyway as they are but regulated by the prison management system such as the right to 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. Basically, parole is but a provision and a right enjoyed by prisoners that allows for an early release from prison.