Although inmates have far fewer rights, they nevertheless have basic rights under the U.S. Constitution. Specifically, inmates have the right to be free, under the Eighth Amendment, from inhuman conditions because those conditions constitute "cruel and unusual" punishment. Inmates have the right to complain about prison conditions and voice their concerns about the treatment they receive. An inmate in need of mental health care is entitled to receive treatment in a manner that is appropriate under the circumstances, meaning that the treatment must be adequate. Whether the treatment is adequate is question for the court. Speak to an attorney that specializes in civil rights.
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