The Rights of Inmates

Prisoners have certain legal rights when they are in custody, regardless of whether they have been arrested, have been convicted or are being held pending trial. And law enforcement officials—including police and prison guards—have certain responsibilities to prisoners to protect their legal rights.

Contact us for a free consultation if a loved one has died or been injured while in police custody. An experienced Cleveland civil rights attorney at Spangenberg Shibley & Liber is ready to review your case at no cost to you.

At our, we provide focused, results-oriented representation to victims who have lost a loved one while that individual was in custody. For 70 years, we have served as tireless advocates for people who have been denied their civil rights while in custody. We feel that it is in our clients’ best interests to negotiate a fair settlement rather than subject them to a lengthy court battle. If the defendant is not willing to negotiate fairly, however, our Cleveland civil rights lawyers are fully prepared to litigate the matter before a judge or jury.

What Remedies Are Available?

Examples of situations where family members may be able to sue include:

  • When a prisoner was killed as a result of excessive force by prison guards.
  • When a prisoner was killed as a result of a prison attack that he or she was not protected from despite threats of violence.
  • When a prisoner was not provided with adequate healthcare for a medical condition and died as a result of a medical problem that might otherwise have been treatable.
  • When a prisoner is subjected to excessive or unreasonable uses of force, including, for example, the use of Tasers, pepper spray or restraint.