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. 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. Below you will find information on the legal rights of prisoners, the rights of people who are merely arrested for crimes, and links to more resources.
Learn About Prisoners' Rights