In as much as prisoners have much of their civil rights and liberties stripped of them, there are still a number of protections in place and operation according to the state and federal laws. One of these is such as the provisions there are under the Eighth Amendment where we see the laws clearly spelling it that all prisoners shouldn’t be subjected to any form of cruel or 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. And as for the living standards, those in prison have a right to low living standards but those that meet the threshold for a basic living. 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.
By and large, of the many rights there are for prisoners to enjoy while in prison, the one that is so commonly contested is that of their living standards and conditions. Talking of the living conditions in prisons, it is often the case that the normal conditions met here edge in most cases on the very minimums set by the Eight Amendment. As per the provisions of the Eighth Amendment, the living conditions for prisoners should meet the minimal civilized measure of the necessities of life. When it comes to the living conditions in prisons, the adequacy or sufficiency of the same would be a factor of a number of variables some of these being access to medical care, unsanitary conditions, overcrowding inside the prisons, food and nutrition in the food, et cetera.
And as a matter of fact, there are a number of other rights that prisoners are often afforded and accorded anyway. One of these is the right to equal protection. Over and above this, there is the right to observe and attend your religious occasions and ceremonies. And still prisoners enjoy rights to medical treatment when this is the need anyway. There are as well rights and protections against attacks from other inmates and as well the right to not be subjected to physical attacks from prison 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.
There are as well parole rights that those in prison enjoy and you need to as well know of these as well. Basically, parole is but a provision and a right enjoyed by prisoners that allows for an early release from prison.