Alpena Jail & Prison Injury Lawyer
The law grants rudimentary human and civil rights to detainees in Michigan jails. Just because an individual is incarcerated doesn’t mean that he or she should be neglected, abused or treated with less dignity. Still, captives often have to endure an abusive and brutal reality in jail. This should not be accepted as the status quo.
Injuries happen every year in Michigan jails. Detainees not only sustain bodily harm due to violence from other inmates, but they also suffer when corrections officers use excessive force or engage in abusive actions. Additionally, injuries happen when inmates get transported between facilities.
Protecting inmates from harm is part of the corrections officers’ duties. However, misconduct on their part happens continually and with complete indifference in regards to inmates’ rights. Corrections officers commit the following transgressions:
- Physical abuse such as random beatings
- Psychological abuse, including verbal taunting
- Sexual abuse
- Failure to address assault, including rape, inflicted by other inmates
- Neglecting basic human rights
Rising imprisonment numbers in the U.S. have led to a decrease in tolerance by correction officers, and the overpopulation problem isn’t going to get better. Since the current ratio of facility staff to inmates is already inadequate, protection of detainees and the prevention of violent acts will only decline further.
Michigan has 10 camps, 43 facilities and a Special Alternative Incarceration (SAI) program. These already serve almost 50,000 detainees, and the inmate population is predicted to increase. Convicts still have basic human rights. These include medical attention and the right to safety. With the breakdown of the correction system due to insufficient staffing and inmate overpopulation, we are certain to see an upsurge in preventable injuries.
While in jail, Michigan convicts suffer from all types of injuries and medical conditions that were caused either from detainment or stem from health issues that develop while incarcerated. In many cases, these could have been treated or even prevented. These conditions or injuries can occasionally lead to permanent issues, even after the convicts have fulfilled their sentences, been released and rehabilitated.
They might have contracted diseases or suffer physical pain that will leave lingering effects for the remainder of their lives. Corrections officers are accountable for the protection of convicts while they are imprisoned and have to resolve any reports of violence among inmates. However, since the inmate-to-guard ratio is out of control, the likelihood of injuries and violence being disregarded or overlooked is increasing.
The Alpena prison injury lawyer of Christopher Trainor & Associates can help with a case involving you or a loved one. Call us at 800-961-8477 or contact us online for a consultation.