Im doing a long essay about prison reform in my civics and government class and a topic i want to include is if unsanitary prisons are againsed constitutional law. I've read that it is againsed constitutional law to inflict "cruel or un-usual punishment" againsed a criminal and i feel unsanitary prisons are very common according to my brother. And unsanitary prisons can lead to diseases. Is unsanitary prisons a cruel/ unusual punishment according to the constitution?
A: Why not contact the Pennsylvania Civil Liberties Union Prison Rights project, speak to one of the workers to see how frequent the probglem is, is it a state prison vs county prison issue, etc. Whether it is cruel and unusual as a matter of law depends on many items specific to each case. However it may violate the State Consitution, it may violate state laws and regulations.
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