Understanding Your Rights As An Inmate

Being incarcerated will limit your freedoms to a certain extent; however, it does not mean you do not have basic human rights.

The U.S. Constitution provides protection against all criminals. Some of these entitlements include first amendment rights, the right not to be wrongfully punished, the right not to be harassed, and the right to access the court in order to file a complaint or request for bail. While a bail bonds company can help you get out on bond, the only way to uphold your rights behind bars is to know what your rights are.

First Amendment Rights

Inmates are entitled to First Amendment rights such as freedom of speech and freedom of religion to the extent that these rights do not affect their status as prisoners. This means that if by upholding their First Amendment rights, a prisoner interferes with their obligations under the prison’s policies, like discipline, security, or order, these rights will be curtailed. This is the reason prison officials are allowed to open a prisoner’s incoming mail, or to screen outgoing mail to ensure that the messages passed do not contravene the prison’s objectives.

Cruelty and Unusual Punishment

According to the Eighth Amendment, every inmate is protected from inhumane treatment. This refers to any act that is deemed to be cruel or unusual punishment. Although the Eighth Amendment has not clearly stated the meaning of the terms cruel and unusual, the Supreme Court has categorized such punishments to include:

  • Beheading
  • Disemboweling
  • Burning Alive
  • Drawing and Quartering
  • Public Dissection

Sexual Harassment

Inmates are entitled not to be sexually harassed. This means that they should be harassed by prison personnel or other inmates. Courts hold government officials, administration, and guards liable for permitting sexual crimes to take place or instituting programs that subject inmates to these conditions. These acts lead to criminal sanctions and civil penalties against the perpetrators.

Right to Lodge Complaints About the Conditions of Prison 

Prisoners are entitled to express their concern about the prison conditions to the prison officials and courts. An inmate may be prevented from exercising these rights by placing them in solitary imprisonment or implementing other wrongful punishments against them.

When it comes to the issue of access to court, the Prison Litigation Reform Act is applied. The Act sets out the following provisions:

  • Before an inmate files a claim in court, they must attempt to resolve the issue with the prison authorities
  • Prisoners have the responsibility of paying for their court fees
  • The courts can dismiss a prisoner’s lawsuit if they consider it to be malicious, frivolous, or based on improper claims. If the court dismisses a case, the prisoner will be issued a strike. When a prisoner gets three strikes, they are no longer entitled to file a lawsuit unless they can pay for the court fees upfront.
  • Prisoners cannot file a claim of mental or emotional injury unless they can also prove physical injury

Medical Care and Health

Inmates have the right to get mental health and medical care treatment. These treatments should be reasonable. For example, if a person is suffering from a cavity, they are only supposed to get their tooth pulled out and not a tooth filling. In some cases, prisoners with life threatening conditions such as AIDS or cancer are given medication to provide reasonable comfort, and not to fight the disease or extend their life.

Disabled Prisoners

According to the “American with Disabilities Act”, disabled inmates have the right to reasonable accommodations. These rights ensure prisoners get the same access to facilities awarded to the rest of the inmates.

Pretrial Detainees

Prison laws also protect inmates who are too poor to be able to pay for bail but are held while they await trial. These prisoners are entitled to humane accommodation. Furthermore, a pre-trial detainee should not be given punishments or treated as if they are guilty because they are yet to be tried.

What Rights Are Stripped From Prisoners

An inmate loses the right to any form of privacy while in prison. This means that they may be subject to warrantless searches in their holding cells. Inmates retain the right to “Due Process” and cannot be denied their personal property by prison authorities except in cases where they are in possession of any kind of contraband. In addition, where prisoners are part of an employment program like a work release initiative, they do not have employment rights such as the requirement of a minimum wage.

Now of course the rights listed here are to be adhered to in every jail and prison in the United States including Las Vegas and Henderson Nevada so if you feel your rights have been violated be sure to protect yourself and others by filing the appropriate complaints and talk to your attorney.

The best way to not have your rights violated is to get out, and the best way to get out is by posting a bond.

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Bail Bond Companies in Las Vegas work to help the individuals, who are accused of committing a crime to lawfully stay outside of jail while their trial is going on. Talking about how the bail bonds work, we first need to know what bail is and need of bail in Las Vegas. After a criminal is presented in the court, he, in some cases can be released into the society before going for a trial. In some cases, the accused may be released on no security for his recognizance while in other cases; the court may require him to present a certain amount of money, called bail, as a surety that he will appear in the court till the trial goes on. On successful completion of the trial, the bail sum is returned. If the accused cannot pay the bail amount, he can contact a Las Vegas bail bond company for help. They will sell a surety bond that the accused will appear in the court when ordered. Those, who know this but already, a bail bond company is also known as bail bondsmen.

Lightning Bail Bonds provide the best and most affordable bail bonds in Las Vegas. We are known for providing cheap bail bonds in Las Vegas to our clients. Generally, the bail bonds of Las Vegas are based on a certain percentage of the bail and it is about one-tenth of the bail amount. If a person wants to become a bail bondsman in Las Vegas, who provides bail bonds, he needs to undergo a training program, go for a background check and get a surety bond. However, some states may have different rules than those of Las Vegas Bail bonds. Some Vegas bail bonds companies also offer some other services like serving, which is the delivery of legal documents to defendants.

Another important part to consider is bail bond collateral. The most commonly used collateral for a bail bond in Las Vegas is real estate property. It may include a house, a shop or a piece of land. Properties under mortgages can also be used. Your bail bond can also have jewelry as bail bonds collateral. Generally, rather than a type of collateral, there are other restrictions that may be imposed on a convict. These may include restrictions on travel, gun ownership, drugs, and alcohol or psychological treatments. Getting bail and dealing with bail bonds can be a difficult task. You can hire the experienced team of Lightning Bail Bonds to get the best bail bonds service at the best prices.

We understand that bail may be required at any time and so we provide 24-hour bail bonds. By offering 24-hour bail bonds in Las Vegas, we have provided timely help to our clients by not letting them go to jail. Providing bail service can be a challenging task as it involves working with criminals, although many of them are not. In some cases, the families of the convicts may have to suffer greatly. In cases of accused being fugitives, companies have to take possession of collateral that may include convict family’s house, which may make them homeless. To provide best bail bond service in Las Vegas, NV a company needs to have the financial stability to pay bail amounts and hiring bail recovery agents.

Lightning Bail Bonds also provides its bail bond service in North Las Vegas and other areas. Apart from North Las Vegas bail bonds, we also work with bail bonds in Nevada. With our Nevada bail bonds, we have legally helped in bailing someone out of jail. Our team also operates in Clark Country. You can contact us to get Clark Country bail bonds to get help for you or your known. There are basically two types of bail bonds; the criminal bail bond and the civil bail bond. The criminal bail bond guarantees that a convict will appear in the court when called and the civil bail bond guarantees debt and interest payment.

Lightning Bail Bonds is a team of very professional bondsmen, who are well known for helping their clients at every cost and setting up instant bail bonds. We understand that the whole period is very difficult for a person and so we use a patient approach towards our clients. We believe in a deep interaction and communication with our clients for a successful bond agreement. Our team members work attentively and follow the state laws for a completely safe and effective procedure because even a small mistake can cost a lot. Our team works transparent and has the best bail bond rates. Contact the expert team of Lightning Bail Bonds to get fast bail bonds.

Note: Misdemeanor arrestees picked up in Las Vegas are brought to the City of Las Vegas Jail for processing. Processing includes being photographed, fingerprinted, personal affects inventoried, and given a thorough medical examination.
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