Prisoners have rights. When police and jail misconduct occurs, an individual’s civil rights can be violated. Most police and correctional officers are ethical and committed to their professions. They work a difficult, life-threatening job, and their days are extraordinarily stressful. However, police and correctional officers also exercise a great deal of control over the lives of the people with whom they interact, and an abuse of this power is particularly egregious.
For many people, the phrase “police and jail misconduct” brings to mind extreme forms of physical abuse at the hands of police and detention officers. However, most police and jail misconduct cases involve neglect or a failure to monitor behavior, which can be just as damaging as beatings or sexual abuse.
The physical, emotional, financial and legal consequences of police brutality can be staggering. Police and jail misconduct has many different forms, including unnecessary physical abuse, failure to provide necessary medical care and sexual assault.
Prisoners are subjected to abuse more often than people realize. The misconduct may involve beatings by police and prison guards during incarceration. Or it may occur during routine police stops, or searches, on the streets or in the homes of individuals who have not been convicted of any crimes. Lack of sufficient monitoring within prison walls can also result in beatings and other forms of abuse by other prisoners.
According to the Bureau of Justice Statistics, around 80,000 women and men a year get sexually abused in American correctional facilities. The unfortunate reality is that sexual assault incidents in prisons often involve multiple perpetrators which aid in the spread of sexually transmitted diseases. Mass overcrowding has become a serious issue within federal and state prisons, which greatly contributes to the prevalence of sexual assault.
If you or a loved one suffered injury, abuse or even death resulting from police or jail misconduct, please call us. We may be able to help. We can thoroughly investigate your case to determine if a lawsuit is the appropriate next step, and guide you through the process. We are sympathetic to your experience and can provide compassionate consultation regarding possible next steps.
We pursue civil rights lawsuits involving police and jail misconduct, and we offer free investigations into these cases for individuals like you. No payment is required until compensation is collected on your behalf.
The Preuss | Foster Law is experienced, supportive and determined to support victims and ensure that justice is served to those who commit police and jail misconduct. Give us a call at 816-307-2788; the road to healing starts today.