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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.
Visitation rules at Alcatraz.

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)

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Organizations working for prisoners' rights:

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The Guardian

The Guardian
Tue, 12 Aug 2014 01:49:01 -0700

In its decision on Tuesday, the court unanimously said that its finding that the prisoners' rights had been violated was sufficient. "The finding of a violation constitutes in itself sufficient just satisfaction for any non-pecuniary damage sustained ...
TriValley Central
Tue, 12 Aug 2014 09:01:58 -0700

PHOENIX — State prison officials have no right to read mail sent by inmates to their attorneys, a federal appeals court ruled Monday. In a divided decision, the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals rejected arguments by the Arizona Department of ...
Hamilton Spectator
Fri, 08 Aug 2014 18:23:21 -0700

Aug. 10 is Prisoner Justice Day — a day when prisoners in detention centres and prisons across North America fast and refuse to work in solidarity with prisoners who have died while incarcerated, as well as those fighting for rights and privileges for ...


Tue, 12 Aug 2014 07:06:25 -0700

The UK government did breach prisoners' human rights by denying them the right to vote, a European court has found – but it stopped short of awarding damages to the 10 inmates who brought the action. The prisoners, who are in Scottish jails and ...

The Independent

The Independent
Thu, 24 Jul 2014 10:22:42 -0700

Lawyers for the two men argued that the prohibition is incompatible with prisoners' rights under common and European law. But the justices disagreed. Supreme Court president Lord Neuberger said reasons for the decision would be given at a later date.
Legalbrief (subscription)
Wed, 13 Aug 2014 23:33:45 -0700

The European Court of Human Rights has again ruled that the UK has breached prisoners' rights by not allowing them to vote, but declined to award compensation or legal costs. A Law Gazette report notes that the seven-strong Chamber in Firth and Others ...
American Civil Liberties Union News and Information (blog)
Fri, 25 Jul 2014 14:11:15 -0700

A court handed down a huge victory yesterday, for two men who were rendered to a secret prison in Poland and tortured by the CIA. But it wasn't in an American court. And it wasn't the United States that was held to account. In two landmark decisions ...


Sun, 17 Aug 2014 14:52:15 -0700

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