Commonwealth Policy Center
Critics claim that the civil rights of prisoners in the Louisville Metro prison are being violated. One investigation called the prison “woefully inadequate” for keeping inmates safe. They point to the latest prisoner who died from a drug overdose. Altogether, 16 prisoners have died from overdose deaths in recent years. The prison has updated its procedures to prevent drug smuggling by inmates, but this latest death is evidence that there’s more work to be done to maintain their safety. But some argue prisoners civil rights have been violated. The government has a responsibility to maintain the safety and dignity of prisoners. But the bottom line is that  prisoners have in fact, lost many of their their civil rights, which won’t be restored until their debt has been paid.