The Pros And Cons Of Prisoners

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In looking at the idea of prisoners’ rights, I must admit, I was totally ignorant. I assumed the hands- off doctrine applied to all inmates when they became a convicted felon (Schmalleger & Smykla, 2015). I have to say, I totally agree that a convicted felon forfeits his rights to life as any other American citizen, but, he does not forfeit the right to be treated in a humane way. On the contrary , I do not believe prisoners can dictate their living conditions to the point that they not be confined in a high security cell, if their behavior warrants it, as elucidated in the Wilkinson vs. Austin decision by the Supreme Court in 2005. I do agree with the prisoners in the fact that they have a right to make petitions to the court unobstructed

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