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Prisoner Rights: Opinion

Explain if inmates should have the legal rights they are granted and whether they deserve ethical treatment as defined in the American Association for Correctional and Forensic Psychology (AACFP) standards and the Specialty Guidelines for Forensic Psychologists and why or why not. Justify your position referencing the legal rights and ethical standards.

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Prisoner Rights

Prisoners, while incarcerated and doing so to pay for the crimes they have been sentenced of, give up the freedom of movement, without the ability to come and go as one pleases or act and behave in a particular manner, restrained in a particular space for a length of time. The modern legal term is incarceration where those incarcerated are criminals serving the punishment for their crimes in accordance with the justice system. But while they are serving and are imprisoned, they still retain certain rights based of course on the law and that which society sees as ethical and moral. Additionally, there are non-convicted criminals who find themselves in prison for the purpose of detention on suspicion of having committed a crime (as when during which the crime is being investigated, or when the trial is underway to find the accused guilty/not guilty). Is it right for these men and women, convicted and non-convicted to retain certain rights? What are these rights? This is what this small discussion is about. The Cornell University Law School (2013) teaches that while they have lost their constitutional rights, certain rights are non-removable from the person imprisoned,

"Federal and state laws govern the establishment and administration of prisons as well as the rights of the inmates. Although prisoners do not have full Constitutional rights, they are protected by the Constitution's prohibition of cruel and unusual punishment (see Amendment VIII). This protection requires that prisoners be afforded a minimum standard of living. Prisoners retain some other Constitutional rights, including due process in their right to administrative appeals and a right of access to the parole ...

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The solution provides information, assistance and advise in tackling the task (see above) of weighing in on the subject of prisoner rights - should they retain any and why? The solution provides a discussion as well as a list of resources that can be used to further explore the topic.