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  •  SCOTUS ruled prisoners must get adequate care (7+ / 0-)
    Brown v. Plata was a 2011 decision of the United States Supreme Court holding that a court-mandated population limit was necessary to remedy a violation of prisoners’ Eighth Amendment constitutional rights.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/...

    If a prison deprives prisoners of basic sustenance, including adequate medical care, the courts have a responsibility to remedy the resulting Eighth Amendment violation.

    http://www.supremecourt.gov/...

    •  Does this apply to county jails (3+ / 0-)
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      john07801, LSophia, ladybug53

      or private prisons? I had been wondering but since I am ignorant, I did not want to ask too many questions and give her hope.

      "Life without liberty is like a body without spirit. Liberty without thought is like a disturbed spirit." Kahlil Gibran, 'The Vision'

      by CorinaR on Sat Jul 28, 2012 at 07:03:43 PM PDT

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      •  Applies to all prisoners (3+ / 0-)
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        marykk, LSophia, maybeeso in michigan

        But like some people have said, a lot of prisons intentionally break the law, because they can so easily get away with it.

        "What could BPossibly go wrong??" -RLMiller "God is just pretend." - eru

        by nosleep4u on Sat Jul 28, 2012 at 07:34:59 PM PDT

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      •  When the law (10+ / 0-)

        takes you into custody, they are responsible for your needs.  If you're not free to find an apartment, buy food, see a doctor, etc., on your own, they must provide it.

        Many states have tried to bill prisoners for various things (especially medical care) but, when challenged in court, they lose.  

        But states are broke; why not try to get the money out of prisoners  when they calculate that the average prisoner/family is ignorant of the law?

        Your friend's son need legal representation.  While a lawyer is probably not the best (most efficient) approach at this point, there are organizations which specialize in the rights of prisoners in every state.

        Ask the public defender's office for information or call the ACLU.

        The more the system knows a prisoner is supported and represented, the more careful they are with his rights.

        Good luck.

        Only weak men fear strong women

        by john07801 on Sat Jul 28, 2012 at 07:45:37 PM PDT

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