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Prisoners' Rights

One of the founding tenants of the governing philosophy of the United States is that each person, U.S. citizen or not, is endowed with certain rights which can never be taken away from them. This extends even to people who have committed crimes serious enough to warrant a prison sentence (or temporary detention, such as a holding cell). Consequently, there are a number of legal protections available to prison inmates, even if those protections are not as strong as those for people who are not convicted felons. FindLaw's Prisoner's Rights section includes information about the legal rights of prisoners, the rights of people who are merely arrested for crimes, and links to related resources.

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