What rights do I have while being held in jail?
The question of what rights you have while being held in jail depend upon your status while you’re in jail. You’re either held as a pre-trial detainee in a local county or municipal jail, at which point your rights are given to you by the 14th amendment due process clause. You have the right as any citizen would have under the US constitution to be treated fairly, humanely and so forth. If you’re being held in a- Incarcerated in a state prison, you’ve already been tried, convicted and you’re serving a sentence, your rights are afforded to you by the constitution through the 8th amendment. The right to be free from cruel an unusual punishment. If you believe that you’re rights have been violated in jail, I’d just as we do with all of our clients that they seek out counsel to help them through this process because it can be very tricky.
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