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Default Connecticut Inmate Rights

Connecticut Inmate Rights

By Sara Rusk, eHow Contributor

Connecticut has specific rights for inmates.
While a majority of inmate rights in the United States apply to all prisoners, there are differences determined by state governments. By examining the rights of convicted felons incarcerated in the state of Connecticut, you will be able to determine whether you or a loved one is receiving the entitled care.
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  1. Legal Assistance
    • The Connecticut Department of Correction (DOC) dictates the right for every offender legal assistance and access to the courts. The current policy states that postings will be made visible in correctional facilities on how to access legal aid. If legal assistance is requested, a designated employee will contact a law firm contracted through DOC to provide the needed service.
      Connecticut DOC specifies one full-time attorney will be appointed to York Correctional Institution (YCI), a women's prison, to handle all legal cases involving family issues.
    Telephone and Mail

    • All Connecticut inmates are allowed telephone and mail correspondence.
      Telephone use is limited to collect-call-only phones unless it involves privileged correspondence (such as a phone call from an attorney). Remember: Inmate phone calls can and will be monitored and recorded (except for privileged communication).
      Inmates are allowed to send and receive mail. There is no limit to how much mail can be sent out at the inmate's expense and the only time the right can be revoked is under specific disciplinary action. Inmates cannot write to victims, persons under 18 without guardian consent, or to other inmates unless they are immediate family.
    Religious Rights

    • Inmates in Connecticut have the right to practice religion freely so long as any part of their religion does not interfere with the safety or security of another person. Inmates are provided with access to religious materials such as books and special diets that are required in religious dogma. Gatherings of more than two people must take place in designated areas and must be supervised by a DOC officer.
    Accomodations for Disabilities

    • The Connecticut DOC must follow the Americans With Disabilities Act (1994) by providing reasonable accommodations to disabled inmates. The accommodations must result in disabled persons being afforded equal access and opportunities as non-disabled persons. The only exceptions are if the accommodation causes an undue burden on the department (financial or otherwise) or interferes with the safety and security of others.
    Identification Procurement and Storage

    • The Connecticut DOC must provide an inmate with the opportunity to obtain identification for the purpose of reintegrating that person into the community. Documents covered include birth certificates, Social Security cards, immigration documents (i.e. green card, only if the original was lost) and driver's license.
      The department must complete the process of procuring any of the above documents within six months following an inmate's release.
    Rehabilitation Services

    • Referred to as offender programs, the Connecticut DOC must provide services aimed toward helping an inmate successfully reintegrate following release. The programs offered include addiction services, vocational training, education, and anger management or other counseling services.
      While inmates have the right to seek out and participate in offender programs, participation can be temporarily revoked as a punitive measure.

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