Inmates' Right to Protection

The decision "sent a clear message to prison officials that their duty to provide for prisoners' safety was not to be taken lightly."


Internal affairs investigators within the prison system should be overseeing use of force, policy, procedures, general orders, and inmate population. Thorough investigation of allegations must begin when the incident occurs to ensure the integrity of the institution, minimize liability, and protect the government entity.

These incidents must be investigated by qualified personnel. Some have the extra duties of looking at these incidents. Funding must be made for positions for investigators within the jail or institutions. They will make a difference. Will assaults stop? No, they will not. However, with a through investigation, the defense or lack of will be open to the court. It will allow for changes to be made without other sanctions or oversight by the court system.

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