What difficulties might you, as a conrrectional officer foresee in attempting to run your unit of the institution while at the same time upholding the legal rights of the prisoners?
The major problem that I foresee in trying to both run a correctional institution and protect my prisoners’ rights is the problem of money. Many of the things that prisoners have a right to can only be provided if there is money available. That would be out of my control as a correctional officer.
One of the major rights that prisoners have is the right against “cruel and unusual” punishment. Courts have held that excessive overcrowding can constitute cruel and unusual punishment. The problem is that I would not be capable of coming up with money to create new prison space if the court system keeps sending me more inmates and the legislature does not build new prisons. A similar problem arises if I have to provide quality medical care for prisoners. There is no doubt that they have a right to such care, but I will not necessarily be able to provide it if I am not given the money to have the facilities and personnel that would be needed in order to provide the care.
Thus, the major issue that I foresee is that I will not necessarily have the money needed to protect my prisoners’ rights.