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Prisoner Rights - 1 Prisoner Rights Karen M Overbey CJS/230...

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1 Prisoner Rights Karen M. Overbey CJS/230 March 19, 2011 Neal Brumley
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2 Prisoner Rights For hundreds of years prisoners were considered nonpersons without any rights. Once the criminal received their sentence the criminal no longer had the civil rights of a free individual, this was called civil death, and once they were convicted of a felon they became an outlaw, they were no longer considered a member of society. By the 1940’s and 1950’s the widespread theory was that the courts should leave the running of prisons up to the prison warden. The wardens were not accountable to the courts for any actions or conditions in their prisons and prisoners were not entitled to any damages that resulted from injuries they suffered while in custody. At this time, judges dismissed complaints made by prisoners or declared them without remedy. By the 1960’s the social changes in the country changed how the courts felt about the inmates and the courts became concerned about the rights of inmates while incarcerated. This allowed a wide variety of legal avenues leading into court became available to inmates as the state and federal courts extended constitutional rights to prisoners. The federal government
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