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"Prison conditions" redirects here. For prison conditions in the United States, see Incarceration in the United States#Conditions. For prison conditions in China, see Laogai#Conditions in Laogai camps. For prison conditions in Vanuatu, see Human rights in Vanuatu#Prison conditions.
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The rights of civil and military prisoners are governed by both national and international law. International conventions include the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights; the United Nations' Minimum Rules for the Treatment of Prisoners, the European Committee for the Prevention of Torture and Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment,[1] and the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities[2]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Howard Davis (2003), "Prisoners' rights", Human rights and civil liberties, Taylor & Francis, p. 157, ISBN 978-1-84392-008-3 
  2. ^ Handbook on prisoners with special needs, pp. 47-48 (published by the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime)

External links[edit]

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Fri, 18 Jul 2014 15:38:10 -0700

Because prisoners' rights apply only to food, not good food, Friedmann says inmates have little legal recourse when served low-quality meals. Change will need to be enacted voluntarily by the heads of private correctional facilities or laws altered at ...


Thu, 10 Jul 2014 18:54:56 -0700

MANILA, Philippines -- The hospitalization of lawyer Jessica Lucila “Gigi” Reyes for a panic attack she suffered over fears of being detained with suspected communist rebels proves the government's double standards in dealing with prisoners, rights ...


Tue, 22 Jul 2014 12:42:16 -0700

The Sentencing Commission's decision has prisoners' rights advocates cheering. “These new guidelines will give people a fighting chance,” said JoAnne Page, president of the Fortune Society, a nonprofit that helps recently released prisoners reintegrate ...
Wed, 25 Jun 2014 13:08:55 -0700

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Wed, 23 Jul 2014 19:48:45 -0700

This botched execution will add to already lingering questions over exactly drugs states are using in their lethal injections, and whether the process violates prisoners' rights. Currently, states are able to withhold this drug information, in order to ...

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Wed, 25 Jun 2014 05:45:00 -0700

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