This chapter provides information about your rights in prison. We mostly focus on constitutional rights, but provide some information about federal and state statutory rights as well. Sections A through G explain what types of actions violate prisoners’ rights, and Sections H through K provide information for specific groups of prisoners, including women, transgender prisoners, pretrial detainees and immigration detainees.
“The Rule” and “The Basics” Boxes
Throughout this chapter, you will see small text boxes entitled “the rule” and “the basics.” The rule boxes set forth the actual legal standard that a court will apply to consider your case. We have included these only in those places where there is a clear legal rule. The basics boxes are summaries of the practical impact of the law on common prison issues. They are not legal standards.
The First Amendment protects everybody’s right to freedom of speech and association. Freedom of speech and association includes the right to read books and magazines, the right to call or write to your family and friends, the right to criticize government or state officials, and much more. However, in prison those rights are restricted by […]