How can I help someone who is getting mistreated in prison? 31 Answers as of June 28, 2013

my cousin is getting mistreated in prison and they are violating his rights while he is in there. What do I do? He can't do anything for him self because he's in there.

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Mark Thiessen, Attorney at Law
Mark Thiessen, Attorney at Law | Mark Thiessen
You can try and hire a civil rights attorney, but unfortunately prison is pretty much not pleasant.
Answer Applies to: Texas
Replied: 8/20/2012
Freeborn Law Offices, P.S.
Freeborn Law Offices, P.S. | Steve Freeborn
You say that "he can't do anything for himself because he is in prison". Prison is exactly that... it is a very controlled environment and there is very little a prison inmate can do. You don't say how he is being mistreated. As long as he is not being physically abused, there is nothing that can be done.
Answer Applies to: Washington
Replied: 8/20/2012
Law Offices of Mark L. Smith
Law Offices of Mark L. Smith | Mark L. Smith
You must contact SIU (Special Investigation Unit) and the warden.
Answer Applies to: Rhode Island
Replied: 8/20/2012
Dennis P. Mikko Attorney at Law | Dennis P. Mikko
You could contact the warden and advise the warden of the situtation. Another thought is to contact an attorney specializing in civil rights law and discuss the matter with the attorney. If there is a claim, the attorney would be able to help you.
Answer Applies to: Michigan
Replied: 8/20/2012
Law Office of Peter F. Goldscheider
Law Office of Peter F. Goldscheider | Peter Goldscheider
Consult an attorney specializing in prisoner rights. You could start with the Prison Law Office of Berkely Ca.
Answer Applies to: California
Replied: 8/20/2012
    Jennifer L. Gottschalk, Esq. | Jennifer Gottschalk
    Get a lawyer involved to contact the warden to check on his status and safety.
    Answer Applies to: New Jersey
    Replied: 8/20/2012
    Law Office of Christopher G Humphrey PC | Christopher G Humphrey
    They can contact the ACLU or hire a lawyer to sue, but they have to first exhaust every remedy provided within the prison, or they lose their right to sue.
    Answer Applies to: Wyoming
    Replied: 8/20/2012
    James M. Osak, P.C.
    James M. Osak, P.C. | James M. Osak
    Try contacting the ACLU and the FBI. See if a local attorney can help.
    Answer Applies to: Michigan
    Replied: 8/20/2012
    Steven Alpers | Steven Alpers
    I would advise him if he is really being mistreated to contact a prison rights group or file a petition for habeas corpus with the court to raise his issue. You don't say how he is being mistreated so I cannot give any specific information as to whether this is mistreatment or every day prison life.
    Answer Applies to: California
    Replied: 8/20/2012
    Law office of Robert D. Scott | Robert Scott
    Contacting a prisoner's rights organization thru the yellow pages or internet may be able to assist you.
    Answer Applies to: Maryland
    Replied: 8/20/2012
    Law Office of Brian K. Wanerman
    Law Office of Brian K. Wanerman | Brian K. Wanerman
    Your cousin should bring a lawsuit in Federal court under 42 USC Section 1983. Even from prison, he can start a case pro se (meaning he represents himself). But, he'll need to get an attorney involved ASAP. Section 1983 cases are difficult to win and usually require that you take steps quickly to preserve your rights. Consult an attorney who does prison law. You might also try the civil rights clinic at a local law school. If you're in California, the clinic at U.C. Davis is excellent.
    Answer Applies to: California
    Replied: 8/20/2012
    Law Office of James A Schoenberger
    Law Office of James A Schoenberger | James A Schoenberger
    Call the prison and ask to speak with his counselor. Write letters to the counselor and the warden.
    Answer Applies to: Washington
    Replied: 8/20/2012
    Law Office of Ronald G. Draper | Ronald G. Draper
    Well, depending on what you believe versus what you can prove,sometimes lawsuits are successful. Consult a lawyer to find out if there is a provable claim.
    Answer Applies to: Illinois
    Replied: 8/20/2012
    Myles Hahn III Attorney at Law | Myles Hahn III
    You can report it up the chain of command in control of the prison.
    Answer Applies to: Illinois
    Replied: 8/20/2012
    Michael Breczinski
    Michael Breczinski | Michael Breczinski
    Write to you State Representative and let the Department of Corrections know what is going on.
    Answer Applies to: Michigan
    Replied: 8/20/2012
    Dennis Roberts, a P.C.
    Dennis Roberts, a P.C. | Dennis Roberts
    Some prisons like San Quentin, have an ombundsperson who can usually be reached through the warden's office. However, a word of caution. First check with your cousin to see if he wants you to get involved. Your complaining may just bring even more heat down on him.
    Answer Applies to: California
    Replied: 8/20/2012
    Lawrence Lewis
    Lawrence Lewis | Lawrence Lewis, PC
    There is nothing you can do about that.
    Answer Applies to: Georgia
    Replied: 8/20/2012
    Law Offices of John Carney
    Law Offices of John Carney | John Carney
    Unless they violate the rules or his civil rights and you can prove it by records or credible witnesses there is little you or he can do about what happens in a prison. Guards sell drugs, allow prisoners to get special treatment or punishment as they please. The guards run the prison and they are not going to release video tapes to you or anyone unless there is a major investigation. If he tells on a guard or other prisoner he may be beaten up or stabbed. All you can do is retain an attorney to investigate the matter and possibly make a formal complaint.
    Answer Applies to: New York
    Replied: 8/20/2012
    Nelson & Lawless
    Nelson & Lawless | Terry Nelson
    Tell him to file a complaint through the warden'?s office, with the Public Defender's office or hire an attorney to help.
    Answer Applies to: California
    Replied: 8/20/2012
    Law Office of Bernal Peter Ojeda | Bernal Peter Ojeda
    Contact Dept of Prisons, then supervisor where the person is being held.
    Answer Applies to: California
    Replied: 8/20/2012
    Law Office of Brendan M. Kelly
    Law Office of Brendan M. Kelly | Brendan M. Kelly
    Not likely to be able to help the person.
    Answer Applies to: Nebraska
    Replied: 8/20/2012
    Palumbo and Kosofsky
    Palumbo and Kosofsky | Michael Palumbo
    Retain counsel for him
    Answer Applies to: New York
    Replied: 8/20/2012
    Miller & Harrison, LLC
    Miller & Harrison, LLC | David Harrison
    Hire a lawyer for him who specializes in helping prisoners. You can contact the Colorado Criminal Defense Bar to try to locate one.
    Answer Applies to: Colorado
    Replied: 8/20/2012
    Mary W Craig P.C. | Mary W Craig
    Defendants lose many of their rights when they are convicted of crimes. Without knowing how he is being mistreated or what rights he or you believe are being violated, it's very difficult to answer this question. However, there are lawyers who practice civil rights law who could explain whether your cousin's rights are indeed being violated. Check with the state bar's lawyer referral service for a lawyer who practices that kind of law. Chances are he will not charge you much for an initial interview, and he may be able to answer your questions quickly.
    Answer Applies to: Alabama
    Replied: 8/20/2012
    Andersen Law PLLC
    Andersen Law PLLC | Craig Andersen
    You should speak to a civil rights attorney.
    Answer Applies to: Washington
    Replied: 8/20/2012
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