What Are Your Rights and Responsibilities As An Inmate?
Most know that there a lot of liberties and privileges taken away while in jail, but which ones? When you’re arrested, the law enforcing personnel is required to “read you your rights”. This tells you what you can do and how to protect yourself from further scrutiny. However, did you know that if you are locked up in a federal correctional institution, you must also be notified of your rights as well as the current disciplinary system. This information can be found in document called “Inmates Rights & Responsibilities & Disciplinary Scale”. This document is important to read over so that you don’t allow yourself to get caught up in a serious offense while inside prison.
Inside you’ll find rights such as the right to:
- Shower regularly
- Be respected by personnel
- Religious worship
- Visit and correspond with family members
- Participate in educational & vocational activities
This document also explains that you have the responsibility to:
- Treat personnel and other inmates with respect
- Know and abide by all rules
- Never waste food, follow the shower schedule, etc
- Take advantages of the opportunities that help you live a successful, law-abiding life within the institution
- Conduct yourself properly during visits
The last thing this document details is the disciplinary system. This system consists of a scale going from 100 to 400, with 100 being the most heinous of crimes. Within the classification called Greatest Category Code Prohibited Acts (100’s) you will find actions such as killing, rioting, making/possessing tools for harming and/or escaping, possession of narcotics, and sexual assaults (non-consensual) as well as many others. This category will get you a recession of your parole date, disciplinary transfer or segregation, money restitution or more.
The next classification is called High Category Code Prohibited Acts (200”s) and include making threats, bribery, causing other to boycott work, practicing martial arts or wrestling, theft, tattooing and more. This category faces the same discipline as the first category, but also includes the chance of an internal transfer, loss of a job, removal from program, impounding of personal property and more.
The classification in the 300’s is called Moderate Category Code Prohibited Acts. This includes refusing to work or obey orders, lying, being in an authorized place, failing to be at count, offering products for money profit, smoking, being untidy and much more. The disciplinary actions are the same as the High Category Code with added sanctions such as restriction to one’s quarters or giving an inmate extra duties.
The lowest classification is the Low Category Code Prohibited Acts (400’s) and includes visitation violations, using obscene language, unauthorized physical contact and feigning illnesses. You can expect the same sanctions as the categories above and add warnings and reprimands.
Please note that there are several punishments for one offense. Depending on the severity of the crime (or the CO’s opinion of the offense) an inmate could get a 400 series shot (sanction) or a 100 series shot. To find out the details of the document, you can read it below. See anything you think is unfair, write it in the comments.