Advocates of Justice for All
The Right to Attend Religious Services includes the Right to meet with a religious leader and attend religious services.
Prisons are generally not allowed to prevent prisoners from maintaining certain hairstyles or facial hair unless they have a good reason based on security.
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.
Our goal at JBB is to help individuals achieve meaningful access to our justice system. JBB is run by Jeff Strutynski, Alexandra Roche, and Seth York, three recent graduates from the City University of New York School of Law.
Justice Behind Bars meets with the individual so we can learn how their rights are being violated. We then do extensive legal research and create a personalized legal lesson plan to help guide the person through the civil litigation process. Each lesson plan contains relevant legal resources and sample documents. Finally, JBB will edit and make comments on legal documents that have been prepared.
Justice Behind Bars provides individuals with legal educational resources only. It does not provide individuals with legal representation. People who choose to use our services do not enjoy any attorney-client privileges with the members of Justice Behind Bars.
Justice Behind Bars, Inc.
Brooklyn, New York
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