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Know Your Rights: Environmental Hazards and Toxic Materials in Prison (2010)

  • Organization: American Civil Liberties Union
  • Date Created: Tuesday, December 04, 2012
  • Submitted: Tuesday, December 04, 2012
  • Attachment(s): LINK

Exposing prisoners to dangerous conditions or toxic substances may violate the Eighth Amendment of the Constitution, which prohibits cruel and unusual punishment. Prison officials violate the Eighth Amendment if, with deliberate indifference, they expose a prisoner to a condition that poses an unreasonable risk of serious damage to that prisoner's future health.

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