A Universal Violation Of Human Rights Essay

802 Words Mar 22nd, 2016 4 Pages
Throughout the United States overcrowding in correctional facilities has posed a universal violation of Human Rights in offender’s health and security. The United States Criminal Justice System and Human Rights Violations are recognized within the United Nations Charter- UNODC United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime violate article 1 & 5 and article 7 & 10 (1) of the ICCPR and of the 8th amendment Convention against Torture and Other Cruel, Inhuman, degrading Treatment or Punishment “Considering the obligation of the States under the Charter, Article 55, the convention against Torture and Other Cruel human or Degrading Treatment or Punishment is to promote universal respect for, and observance of, human rights and fundamental freedoms or Punishment” .

The SMR- The Standard Minimum Rules for the Treatment of prisoner’s provides specific accommodations for all prisoners. These guidelines serve in judging possible abuse or cruel, inhumane, punishment. When prisoners exceed the maximum number allowed within a prison facility these minimum rules are violated. Specific violations include floor space, privacy, sleeping arrangements, proper air, and heating and ventilation requirements. For example, double or triple bunking of inmates into one-man cells and cramming of beds of 50-100 in huge rooms is not uncommon. This makes it difficult to comply with the covenant that mandates the dignity of all inmates. The overcrowding in these dormitories creates barriers in the supervision…

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