Battle Creek Jail & Prison Injury Lawyer
Under the law, jail detainees in Battle Creek, Michigan deserve the same basic civil and human rights. Even a person in jail should be treated with dignity and has the right not to be the victim of abuse or neglect. A detainee often experiences brutality and abuse while in jail, but they should not fall through the cracks. Each year, detainees in Michigan who are jailed get injured as a result of inmate violence, by the hands of corrections officers or while being transported to other facilities.
Corrections officers have the job of protecting inmates from harm. Unfortunately, they can be just as guilty of misconduct and have little or no regard for the rights of inmates. Misconduct from a corrections officer can include:
- Physical abuse in the form of beatings
- Psychological abuse such as verbal taunts
- Sexual abuse
- Neglect for acknowledging basic human rights of inmates
- Not acknowledging an assault and/or rape by other inmates
Unfortunately, there has been a remarkable increase in the number of cases in which a corrections officer has been guilty of at least one of the above types of misconduct. There has been an increase throughout the United States in detentions, which has resulted in the tolerance of corrections officers decreasing in addition to population problems that only get worse and worse. At this point in time, the ratio of corrections facility staff versus inmates is considerably unequal. As a result, there is insufficient means to adequately protect inmates and prevent violent acts from being perpetrated against them, meaning that the number of injuries will only increase with time. In Battle Creek, Michigan, there are 43 facilities, 10 camps and a Special Alternative Incarceration (SAI) program that house almost 50,000 inmates. However, that number is only expected to increase over time. Inmates have a right to basic human rights, safety and medical attention, something that is difficult to achieve as the correction system continues to break down due to over-population of inmates and inadequate staffing. As a result, it is unsurprising to see the number of injuries to inmates on the rise and more difficult to prevent.
Inmates in Battle Creek deal with all kinds of injuries and medical conditions while incarcerated, whether from being detained or from health issues that arise while they are in jail. In many cases, these injuries or medical conditions can be prevented or at least treated. Sometimes, they can lead to chronic problems even long after an inmate has done their time and has been released or rehabilitated. As a result, they can suffer physical pain or contract illnesses that will plague them for the rest of their lives. Corrections officers have a responsibility for the safety of inmates while they are in jail and must act or make a report of any violence. Sadly, though, with the poor ratio of officers versus inmates, the problem is only likely to increase.
The Battle Creek prison injury lawyer of Christopher Trainor & Associates can help with a case involving you or a loved. Contact us online for a free consultation.