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Prison & Incarceration Litigation in North Carolina

Raleigh Civil Rights Attorneys

A person who is arrested or incarcerated has the right to serve their time free from cruel and unusual punishment. Unfortunately, this is all too often forgotten or lost in our prison system. Denials of appropriate medical care can lead to the serious injury or wrongful death of an inmate. Unreasonable placement in solitary confinement, brutality by guards or other inmates, and denial of basic needs can often make serving a sentence disproportionately difficult.

At Edwards Kirby, we help inmates and their families recover for injuries that occurred as a result of these violations, and safeguard other prisoners against ongoing violations. Our commitment to the full protection of our clients’ civil rights drives our practice, and we fight tirelessly for justice in these complex and often sensitive matters.

To find out how a Raleigh civil rights lawyer at Edwards Kirby can help you, call (919) 335-7005 for a free, confidential consultation.

Filing an Injury Claim for Dangerous Jail/Prison Conditions

Whether an inmate is being held in a city or county jail, or a state or federal prison, he or she has the right to fair treatment and a reasonably safe environment. Unnecessary hazards and cruel or inhuman treatment should not be tolerated in any circumstances, and those inmates who have suffered harm as a result of such conditions have the right to sue the government for damages. Our Raleigh civil rights attorneys handle prison and incarceration litigation for clients across North Carolina and the entire U.S., exposing these injustices and fighting for fair compensation for those who have already been injured.

The following are examples of conditions or mistreatment that may lead to inmate injury:

  • Transport vehicle accidents
  • Inmate-on-inmate attacks allowed by negligent security or supervision
  • Physical assault by a jail or prison guard
  • Sexual assault by a jail or prison guard
  • Unnecessary or excessive force used against an inmate
  • Failure to provide for an inmate’s basic needs
  • Denying or delaying medical treatment for an inmate
  • Hazardous conditions in jails or prisons, leading to slips, falls, and other accidents
  • Illness and infection caused by unsanitary conditions

Please contact Edwards Kirby at (919) 335-7005 if you or a loved one has suffered from a civil rights violation while incarcerated. We are here for you and your family.

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