Jail Injury Lawyer in Flint, Michigan
Abusive, brutal treatment is a common occurrence for jail detainees. However, people in jail do not deserve to be treated as societal outsiders. According to the law, detainees in Michigan jails are afforded some basic human and civil rights. Those who are in jail should not be abused, neglected or treated with less dignity than those who are not in jail. Countless people detained in jails in Flint, Michigan and other areas of the state are injured by other inmates or subjected to excessive abuse or force by corrections officers each year. Injuries are even incurred during transport between facilities.
One of correction officers’ responsibilities is to keep inmates safe. However, it is not uncommon for correction officers to completely disregarded the rights to which inmates are entitled. Some examples of correction officer misconduct are:
- Failure to act on the knowledge of inmate-on-inmate assault or rape.
- Neglect to give prisoners basic human rights.
- Random beatings and other physical abuse.
- Sexual assault.
- Verbal taunting and other psychological abuse.
The United States has seen an increase in detentions. In turn, this increase has resulted in prison overpopulation and lack of correction officer tolerance. Projections show that these problems will continue to grow. Because of overpopulation, the ratio of staff to inmates prevents correction facility staff from providing inmates adequate protection from injuries and violence. Currently, there 50,000 inmates in Michigan’s SAI, or Special Alternative Incarceration, program, 10 camps and 43 facilities. Regardless of these statistics, inmates are still afforded basic human rights, medical attention and a safe environment. Unfortunately, inadequate staffing and inmate overpopulation will lead to an increase of preventable injuries in the future.
Inmates in Michigan suffer from various injuries and medical conditions due to being detained or health issues acquired in jail, many of which can be prevented and treated. Some of these medical conditions or injuries can cause health problems that last years after inmates are released or rehabilitated. These people may even suffer from lifelong diseases or physical pain. It is the duty of correction officers to act on all inmate violence reports to ensure the safety of incarcerated inmates. Yet, with the rapidly growing disparity between the number of inmates to guards, the disregard of injuries and violence keeps rising.
The Flint 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.