While it is true that inmates lose some of their constitutional rights while being detained in Colorado, they still retain some of their rights, including those outlined in the Eighth Amendment of the U.S. Constitution. The Eighth Amendment “prohibits cruel and unusual punishments,” meaning officers working within the correctional facility must not apply any level of force that is not deemed reasonable. Correctional officers are also expected to protect inmates from being assaulted by other inmates.
If an individuals’ Eighth Amendment rights were violated while they were being detained by police officers or while being held in a correctional facility, they should contact a Colorado police brutality lawyer who can help them exercise their rights.
How can an individual hold a correctional officer or facility in Denver, CO accountable for the excessive force they were subjected to?
Correctional officers and those of a higher rank cannot “use force maliciously or sadistically with intent to cause harm” to an inmate, according to the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), and they must also ensure prison conditions or practices don’t “create an unreasonable risk of assault.” This includes not having enough officers on duty to supervise and manage the inmates in the facility. If an officer violates a person’s Eighth Amendment rights by applying excessive force or the facility promotes an unsafe environment by being understaffed or not having cell doors that lock properly, the officer and/or the facility can be sued.
Suing a Correctional Facility in Colorado
Being imprisoned is a scary experience and it only becomes more frightening when the officers who are expected to protect inmate assault them or allows other inmates to physically harm them. Not only might an individual suffer physical injuries from being abused, but they may also suffer psychological injuries as well. However, because their rights were violated, they could potentially sue the parties responsible for harming them in an effort to recover compensation to make up for their pain and suffering.
Connect with a Police Brutality Lawyer in Colorado Now
If an individual wishes to learn more about the lawsuit process and what it entails, they can contact Bryan & Terrill Law, PLLC to discuss this with a Colorado police brutality attorney. In the event he/she has a viable case worth pursuing, the lawyers at Bryan & Terrill Law, PLLC can provide them with the legal representation needed to recognize the officer and/or the correctional facility for violating the law.
Depending on the circumstances surrounding the incident, a victim may be entitled to recover compensation for:
- Pain and suffering
- Mental anguish
- Medical expenses, if they needed medical attention at any point after the incident occurred.
Now, if an individual would like to find out if they have a case against a correctional officer or correctional facility in Colorado, they can contact Bryan & Terrill Law, PLLC for help.
Bryan & Terrill Law, PLLC can be reached at:
333 W. Hampden Avenue, #420B
Englewood, CO 80110