Ephrata, PA asked in Constitutional Law for Pennsylvania

Q: Prison reform

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?

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Peter N. Munsing

  • Wyomissing, PA
  • Licensed in Pennsylvania

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.

Tim Akpinar agrees with this answer

Tim Akpinar


A: You could also contact advocacy groups who have worked on this issue.

Tim Akpinar

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