Each year, hundreds of horrific encounters occur between inmates and prison guards, and we rarely hear about any of them. Even in the absence of media coverage, though, inmate abuse is a very real and specific type of police brutality that should never be ignored.
The citizens and government of Mississippi (and on a larger scale, the United States) place a great deal of trust in the employees of our correctional facilities. Part of that is the understanding that they will endeavor to always provide a safe environment for the people housed in our prisons, and most often that means protecting inmates from one another. In rare cases, however, it's the prison guards who are inflicting harm on detainees. When officers abuse the power that they are given, terrible things can happen to the people who are involved.
Victims of this type of police misconduct should speak with an experienced attorney as soon as possible. Contrary to certain beliefs, inmates do have rights, and they may be entitled to compensation for the endangerment or abuse that they have suffered.
Cases that stem from events that occur during incarceration may involve any number of claims, such as medical neglect, assault, cruel and unusual punishment, failure to protect a mentally ill individual, failure to supervise (also a form of neglect), and so much more.
Of course, every inmate's situation is different, so you will need to speak with an attorney for advice on how you should proceed. Our team is well-versed in these types of cases, and we would be happy to discuss your options with you.
To learn more about police brutality cases or prison abuse, contact the skilled and proven team at Coxwell & Associates, PLLC at (601) 948-1600 for a free case consultation.
Disclaimer: This blog is intended as general information purposes only, and is not a substitute for legal advice. Anyone with a legal problem should consult a lawyer immediately.