NRS 212.010 thru 212.020 – Overview of the Protections Afforded to Prisoners Incarcerated in Nevada
When someone is convicted of a criminal offense and ordered to serve time in prison, it does not mean they lose all of their rights and protections. They are still people who deserve a level of respect and dignity. This is why the Nevada legislature enacted Nevada Revised Statutes 212.010 and 212.020. These statutes set forth specific protections afforded to prisoners in Nevada.
In Nevada, if an officer uses unnecessary and/or excessive force on an inmate, they can be punished for this act. On the first offense, an officer could get suspended. A second offense could result in a demotion. A third offense could result in the correctional officer getting dismissed from the position.
The Prisoner’s Right to Humanness
According to NRS 212.020, it is prohibited to treat a prisoner inhumanely, which generally includes brutal or cruel treatment.
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The employees of any institution of the Nevada Department of Corrections must report any unethical or corrupt behavior they witness that could affect the inmates just as much as he would report that which would affect the employees.
If you believe a punishment you received was inhumane, you have the right to challenge it in the court of law under the “Due Process Clause” of the Fourteenth Amendment. Though most courts will defer to the decision of the prison official, they will look into the punishment you received. In looking into the disciplinary methods in the past, they have found some that were unconstitutional, involving degrading, punitive confinement, and physical abuse.
Requesting a Hearing
Inmates are only entitled to due process procedures, including hearings for disciplinary punishments if:
If these two elements are met, a lawsuit could be filed in state or federal court. Next, the inmate must prove that the safeguards the prison has in place are inadequate. The burden of proof lies with you. You should be ready with answers to these questions:
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