Prison Guard Misconduct


PA Civil Rights Attorneys Handling Prisoner Abuse Cases

Like law enforcement personnel everywhere, some prison guards are corrupt and malicious. These bad apples often negatively influence an inmate's health and safety. When prison guards engage in misconduct, inmates suffer. When mistreatment violates an inmate's constitutional rights, it may be possible to take action against the prison.

Excessive bail shall not be required, nor excessive fines imposed, nor cruel and unusual punishments inflicted. Eighth Amendment to the Constitution

No State shall make or enforce any law which shall abridge the privileges or immunities of citizens of the United States; nor shall any State deprive any person of life, liberty, or property, without due process of law; nor deny to any person within its jurisdiction the equal protection of the laws. 14th Amendment to the Constitution

Every person who ... subjects ... any citizen of the United States or other person within the jurisdiction thereof to the deprivation of any rights, privileges, or immunities secured by the Constitution and laws, shall be liable to the party injured in an action at law, Suit in equity, or other proper proceeding for redress ... Civil Rights Act of 1871, Section 1983

Examples of Prisoner Abuse

Prison inmates retain many Constitutional protections and rights. At our Philadelphia law firm, Jeffrey R. Lessin & Associates, P.C., our attorneys help individuals who have been deprived of their rights by guards in jails, detention centers and prisons. Our attorneys seek remedies under the Constitution and federal and state laws, depending on the specific circumstances.

Our cases have included prisoner abuse such as:

  • Beating, punching and other physical abuse or assault
  • Murder
  • Failure to provide needed medical attention
  • Failure to restrain inmates from injuring others
  • Sexual abuse
  • Psychological abuse
  • Failure to allow access to the library
  • Preventing inmates from practicing their religion

In some cases, we have filed personal injury claims after prison guard misconduct resulted in serious injury or wrongful death. Our lawyers have many years of experience with these types of cases, and are known as aggressive advocates who fight for clients.

If you or a loved one experienced prisoner abuse while incarcerated, contact our Pennsylvania law firm to schedule a no-cost consultation with an experienced lawyer.

You pay no legal fees unless we win. Conveniently located across from City Hall in downtown Philadelphia.

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