Advocates of Justice for All

Religious Services

The Right to Attend Religious Services includes the Right to meet with a religious leader and attend religious services.

Personal Grooming
Prisons are generally not allowed to prevent prisoners from maintaining certain hairstyles or facial hair unless they have a good reason based on security. 

Religious Diets
Courts often require prisons to accommodate a prisoner’s religious dietary needs.

Religious Name Changes
Prisoners who convert religions while incarcerated have a constitutional right to change their name for religious purposes.

The Supreme Court said in Turner v. Safely  that "Prison walls do not form a barrier separating inmates from the protections of the Constitution.” While the rights of the incarcerated are more limited, the following rights are guaranteed.

Access to Courts

Courts have found that prisoner's have the constitutional right to meaningful access to courts. This means that prisons must provide inmates with an adequate law library or hire someone to help prepare for a case. 

Protection Against Retaliation

A prisoner cannot be retaliated against by a prison for filing a claim against the prison or an employee of the prison. Retaliation can include 

administrative segregation, denial of food, transfer of prisons, or interception of legal documents.

Cruel and Inhuman Punishment

Prison guards cannot use excessive force in the running of the prison. A prison must also protect prisoners from being attacked by another prisoner. 

This list is not comprehensive. Contact us today to see if someone you know has had their civil rights violated.