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Mr. Tumelty represented Helena Hendricks, who was charged with first degree murder in Atlantic County Superior Court. The defendant faced a number of additional charges, including armed robbery, conspiracy and possession of a handgun for an unlawful purpose. At the conclusion of a jury trial that lasted three weeks, the defendant was found "not guilty" of all charges.

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Rights for Inmates

Essentially, going to prison can mean that you, or whoever may be going to prison, may have their rights stripped from them. But it is important to know that inmates do still have basic human rights that are protected by the Constitution. For example, a prison guard cannot simply go into a prison cell and beat an inmate because of the crime they have committed, that is completely illegal.

Besides cruel and unusual punishment protection, inmates have other rights as well.

Inmates in prison are also protected from Sexual Harassment and Sex Crimes. This can apply to either sexual harassment coming from other inmates, or even from guards. Also, it is illegal for a prison guard to allow sexual harassment, or any sex crimes for that matter, to take place under their watch. There is certainly a case to be made if an inmate faces a sex crime, and the prison guard does not do anything about it.

Medical and Mental Health Care are other rights that prisoners are entitled to. Unfortunately though, even though it is a basic right for a prisoner to receive medical and mental health care, it often means that the very lowest level of care will be provided. Take, for example, an inmate that has a problem with his tooth. If they need care for their tooth, the doctors can simply pull the tooth and that will likely count as treatment. Whereas a regular civilian may be offered other options to preserve the tooth when possible. Or take, for example, a case where the inmate is diagnosed with a very serious disease, they may be medically treated only enough to make living possible and comfortable, but it may not be under the best of conditions. This is something that is important to note – since as long as the infliction is treated to an extent, the medical staff is considered to have done their job.

There are countless other examples, but again, rights for inmates do exist. If you or someone you know has been treated unfairly while in prison, it is important to contact an experienced attorney immediately. At John Tumelty Law, we make sure to fight as hard as we possibly can for your rights. Contact Mr. Tumelty’s office today to schedule a consultation.


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