Habeas Corpus – Conditions of Confinement

If you have a friend or family member serving an unfair or inhumane prison sentence, he or she still may have legal recourse, even if it is impossible to overturn their underlying conviction. A writ of habeas corpus is but one of many procedures to be employed which can force a court to hear your complaints against the prison, and to determine if the prison has violated your friend’s or family member’s rights (and if so, then how their remaining sentence should be served). If any part of the sentence is found to be cruel and unusual, the inmate can be moved, and/or the sentence can be reduced or terminated.

Imprisonment is a terrible ordeal. Inmates are often subjected to unjustified sentences, inhumane conditions, poor living conditions, violence, incompetent or abusive guards, sexual harassment, and sexual violence. If you have a friend or family member currently serving a sentence that seems inhumane, you need an experienced post-conviction attorney to help assert habeas corpus rights.

It is important to remember that inmates have rights. Some rights of inmates include:

  • The right to be free from inhuman conditions, sexual crimes, sexual harassment, racial segregation (with exceptions), the unauthorized and intentional deprivation of their personal property by prison officials.
  • The right to voice their concerns about the treatment they receive, and access to the courts to voice these complaints.
  • The right to adequate medical care, and mental health care. Disabled inmates are entitled to rights under the Americans with Disabilities Act.
  • Inmates who are subject to disciplinary investigations or proceedings are entitled to written notice of the violation and statement of the facts, evidence relied upon, and the reason for the disciplinary action taken. Inmates often are permitted to call witnesses, and present documentary evidence opposing the charges levied against them.
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Jonathan Laurans has successfully helped inmates reduce or end their prison sentence using habeas corpus proceedings. The Law Office of Jonathan Laurans has the resources and know-how to help when you or a loved one is facing an unfair prison sentence. Contact our office today for a free consultation, by calling (816) 421-5200