Rights of Prisoners

Prepare a paper detailing the differences exhibited between balancing the constitutional rights of prisoners and the functions of the jail or prison. Explain the mandatory rights that prison administrators must provide prisoners and discuss how those rights are balanced with the security, safety, court requirements, visits, and other functions of the facility. Provide an example of where a corrections officer must balance the rights of the inmates with his own daily functions.

The paper must be two to three pages in length (excluding title and reference pages) and formatted according to APA style. You must use at least two scholarly resources in addition to the textbook to support your claims. Cite your sources within the text of your paper and on the reference page.


Required Resources:


Corrections: An Introduction

  • Chapter 3 – Prisoners’ Rights
  • Chapter 4 – Jails


Recommended Resources


American Civil Liberties Union. (2013). Abuse of the human rights of prisoners in prisons in the United States: Solitary confinement. Retrieved from http://www.aclu.org/files/assets/ACLU_Submission_to_HRC_16th_Session_on_Solitary_Confinement.pdf

  • Article by the A.C.L.U. containing recommendations and findings on civil rights violations with respect to solitary confinement in U.S. prisons.


Thomas, C. (Producer), &Polletta, G. (Director). (2000).Solitary confinement [Television series episode]. In B. Kurtis (Executive producer), Investigative Reports. New York, NY: A&E Television Networks. Available from the Films On Demand database.

  • This video describes solitary confinement and its impacts on inmates.


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