Prisoner's Rights In Criminal Justice

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Prisoner’s Rights go back many years ago and prisoners fought for quite some time for equality. Men were granted certain rights and fought to expand those rights while women fought to have rights. “OMETHING HAPPENED TO THE PRISONERS' RIGHTS MOVEMENT FROM 1975 TO THE 1990S; Women happened” (Barry, 2000). There were many court cases that contributed to rights being granted. “One early state case, Barefield v. Leach (1974), demonstrated that the opportunities and programs for female inmates were clearly inferior to those for male inmates” (Schmalleger & Smykia, 2015, p. 377).

Rights were important because people wanted to be treated fairly and women wanted to be offered the same opportunities as men. In this chapter I have learned about Legal
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Overtime, so much has changed within the Criminal Justice System. Inmates fought for rights and fairness. Even nowadays many people feel that the Criminal Justice System is not a fair system and that mistreatment still exists. What do these suits stand for? According to (Schmalleger & Smykia, 2015, p. 358), “Most of these suits challenge the conditions of confinement, Under Section 1983 of the Civil Rights Act of 1871, which is snow part of Title 42 of the U.S.…show more content…
According to (Schmalleger & Smykia, 2015, p. 377), “One early state case, Barefield v. Leach (1974), demonstrated that the opportunities and programs for female inmates were clearly inferior to those for male inmates.” Women knew that going directly to courts would allow them to get the rights that they deserve. “On the heels of the civil rights movement, women wanted guarantees of equal opportunities in school and career, as well as equal pay for equal work. But opponents thought the amendment was unnecessary- and even dangerous” (Davey, 2012). Since I’ve been around, I have been able to apply for jobs that I was interested in, so I could only imagine living in a time where I couldn’t. Also, less pay because I’m a woman sounds unfair also. I’m glad that women had the courage to fight for their rights and prove that they deserve to be treated equally as men.Female inmates endure many obstacles and just as much stress as men. Women have hormone and changes with their bodies that they must tackle quite often. It is not uncommon for a woman to become pregnant in prison or enter the prison system expecting a child. Pregnant inmates still must adhere to rules and proper protocol within the jail. According to (Thomas, 2015), “Many states still require the shackling of pregnant inmates throughout the pregnancy and during labor, delivery,
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