Prisoners Rights

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Prisoners Rights 10/11/2009 Divan Gilmore

When it comes to the rights of prisoners, I feel like they are regulated to keep the inmate

And staff as safe as possible. I plan to state my opinion as an outside source as to how I

Feel about certain rights that prisoners receive.

Communication and visitation – I feel that this right should be limited to immediate

Family and legal personnel only. When friends visit, it brings too much outside influence to the prisoner and may cause problems. I also feel that inmates should be kept away from newspapers. So many of them are looking to put down the prison or staff members or make someone else look bad. Prison officials should be able to control incoming and outgoing mail in order to keep everyone safe. This is the only way some inmates have contact with the outside world. Some of them may be threatening or vulgar and I feel this should be stopped once it is found. Religious Freedom – Although everyone does not believe in the same higher power, I still think that everyone should be allowed to worship in their own ways. No certain religion should be allowed their own place of worship within a prison. One area should be designated and certain times be set aside for each group. I agree to this until a group tries to make this a means of violent organization or social gathering. I believe that prisons do well at maintaining what they think is appropriate to make all religious beliefs equal as far as special diets, prayer supplies, etc. Access to the courts and legal assistance – I think that inmates should be allowed to have access to courts and legal aid because not everyone in prison may be guilty of their charges and wish to try and prove that, especially since technology has come so far. Inmates may be treated unfairly by abuse or neglect and need legal assistance to have it resolved. I think it is a good idea to have a legal aid within the prison to give advice...
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