Comparing Running A Prison As The Warden And The Constitutional Rights Of Inmates

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3. Compare running a prison as the warden and the constitutional rights of inmates.
A prison warden is the chief executive of the institution and oversees the entire operation within a prison system. A prison warden needs to possess an array of skills that is capable of managing “large groups of employees, and to operate facilities in a way that keeps inmates, staff, and society safe” (Clear et al., 2013, p. 321). Studies from Clear et al. (2013) further indicate that today’s prison warden must function effectively despite decreased autonomy and increased accountability” (p. 321). The role and responsibility of a prison warden are comparable to a police chief’s because it requires extensive knowledge in administration, and experience in various areas within the department or institution.
According to Clear et al. (2013),
The rights applicable to inmates are essentially summarized in a handful of phrases in four of the amendments to the U.S. Constitution. Three of these- the First, Fourth, and Eighth are part of the Bill of Rights. The Fourth, the Fourteenth Amendment, became effective in 1868 (p. 102).
Although inmates may not have full Constitutional rights while incarcerated, they are entitled to basic human rights, freedom and dignity. U.S. penal systems have been reformed at the beginning of the 1960’s. The reason for this reformation is to prevent inhumane treatment, provide inmates with religious freedom, and due process (Smith, 2010). The U.S. Supreme Court…

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