Georgia Correctional Officer Abuse Lawyers
Correctional Officer Abuse & Misconduct
Inmate abuse is a pervasive problem in prisons across the United States. When correctional officers use excessive force, assault, or otherwise abuse inmates, it is a clear violation of inmates’ rights.
At Fischer Redavid PLLC, we stand up for the rights of all people in all types of circumstances. If you or someone you love has been injured due to correctional officer abuse or misconduct, you could be entitled to financial restitution. By filing a personal injury claim, you can seek compensation for damages such as medical bills, financial loss, and pain and suffering. However, navigating the legal process can be extremely challenging on your own; we strongly recommend that you reach out to our Georgia correctional officer abuse attorneys for help with your claim.
In our many years in practice, we have successfully helped inmates and the families of people who died while in prison fight for justice. Our firm is ready to stand up for you and serve as your voice throughout the legal process.
What Is Correctional Officer Abuse?
Correctional officer abuse and misconduct occur anytime a correctional officer, prison guard, or similar prison facility staff member violates the rights of an inmate. Among these rights are the right to adequate medical and mental health care, livable conditions, and freedom from physical, sexual, and mental abuse.
Some examples of correctional officer abuse include:
- Excessive use of force
- Beating, kicking, or hitting inmates
- Sexual assault, including rape, or inmates
- Using weapons, such as tasers or pepper spray, on inmates
- Over- or improper use of physical and chemical restraints
- Humiliation, racial slurs, and other forms of verbal abuse
- Ignoring requests for medical treatment
- Delaying medical or mental health care
- Deliberate indifference
- Failing to take reasonable steps to prevent death by suicide
- Failing to take reasonable steps to prevent abuse by other inmates
- Cruel and unusual punishment
- Punishing inmates without just cause
- Destroying inmates’ property without just cause
In addition to correctional officer abuse, inmates can suffer due to prison neglect and misconduct. Examples include overcrowded facilities, poor living conditions, excessive use of solitary confinement, failure to provide adequate medical care, and failure to release eligible inmates.
Who Is Liable for Correctional Officer Abuse?
When someone is seriously injured or dies in prison as a result of correctional officer abuse, the victim or their family members may take legal action against the correctional officer, the prison itself, or another liable third party.
Depending on the specifics of the case, any of the following parties may be liable:
- The correctional officer who committed the abuse
- The correctional facility staff member who committed the abuse
- The jail, prison, or correctional facility that employed the correctional officer
- The jail, prison, or correctional facility that violated the inmate’s rights
- A correctional officer or staff member who failed to stop correctional officer abuse
- A correctional officer or supervisory employee who failed to prevent or stop an inmate-on-inmate attack
Determining who is liable for the abuse can be challenging without the help of an experienced and highly knowledgeable attorney. We strongly recommend that you contact the team at Fischer Redavid PLLC to learn how our Georgia correctional officer abuse lawyers can help you with your case.
For a free and confidential consultation, call or contact us online. Our firm can assist you in English, Spanish, or Creole.
Just because someone has been convicted of a crime and imprisoned, this does not mean that they do not have rights. In fact, prisoners have many rights that must be upheld; when those rights are violated, leading to injury or death, they (or their loved ones) can seek fair restitution through the civil litigation system.
Inmates who have been harmed by correctional officer misconduct can:
- File a grievance or complaint with the jail, prison, or correctional facility
- Appeal the grievance or complaint (if necessary) through all available appeal levels
- File a civil rights violation lawsuit in state or federal court
If your loved one died in prison, you could have grounds for a prison wrongful death lawsuit. The sooner you act, the better, as there are numerous deadlines and statutes of limitations that apply in these types of cases. Reach out to Fischer Redavid PLLC right away to learn more.
How Our Correctional Officer Abuse Attorneys Can Help
Fighting back against correctional officer abuse and systemic prison mistreatment can be daunting, to say the least. For inmates, it can feel like an almost-impossible uphill battle. For families, seeking justice from the outside can be just as hard. But when you work with the team at Fischer Redavid PLLC, you have a powerful ally on your side.
Not only do we understand the law and how it applies to your situation, but we also know what it takes to successfully push back against correctional office abuse and misconduct in Georgia jails, prisons, and correctional facilities. Our firm has represented clients in cases involving some of the state’s most dangerous and notorious facilities, such as the United States Penitentiary Atlanta, Ware State Prison, Georgia State Prison – Reidsville, Smith State Prison – Glennville, Hays State Prison – Trion, Baldwin State Prison, and others. We have a long history of success and are known for our aggressive approach to protecting prisoners’ rights.
We offer a highly personalized approach. Every client works directly with a team consisting of one attorney and one paralegal, both of whom are dedicated almost solely to their case. We dedicate our time, efforts, and resources to building persuasive arguments and developing innovative strategies, all with the goal of securing justice on behalf of our clients.