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Chicago Prisoner Abuse and Neglect Attorney

Prisoner’s Rights

Being held in jail removes a person’s freedom, but it should not result in the loss of basic human rights. Your constitutional rights remain in place even while awaiting a trial in prison or while completing a jail sentence. 

Prisoner Abuse

Prisoner abuse is any act of assault committed against an incarcerated person while he or she is in the custody of a jail, prison or holding facility. These harmful acts are usually acted out by correctional officers, correctional facility employees or other inmates.

Prisoner Neglect

Prisoner neglect is the mistreatment of inmates or detainees who are in police or institutional custody.  Neglect occurs when the prison or jail officials do not take steps to protect an inmate while the inmate is in custody. Prison authorities must protect inmates emotionally, medically, and physically from harm that might occur while the inmate is in custody to a reasonable extent.

Protect Your Rights

If an injury or death occurs as a result of abuse or neglect in a prison or jail, a number of individuals and entities, including the city, state, and federal government, may be financially and legally responsible for the injury or death.

If you or a loved one is the victim of prison abuse or neglect, the Law Office of William Carlos Weeden can file a lawsuit to collect compensation for physical and mental suffering, as well as any medical bills and loss of future earning power.


Inmates and detainees often feel like they do not have any way to complain when their civil rights have been violated or when they have suffered abuse at the hands of jail or prison staff. In many cases, this places individuals in a position where they feel stuck and abused due to the deplorable prison or jail conditions in which they are kept.

The Law Office of William Carlos Weeden is privileged to help inmates and detainees find their voices to speak out against jail neglect and abuse.

These are challenging cases to prove that require experienced civil rights lawyers. The Law Office of William Carlos Weeden knows how to obtain medical records from prisons or jails that help prove negligence of leadership in operation, security and safety of the correctional facility. We also interview correctional facility employees and officers for statements that may be used as evidence in court to help defend an abused inmate’s civil rights.

Chicago Prisoner Abuse and Neglect Attorney

Civil rights claims are an important part of our legal system, providing a balance between the duty of law enforcement to uphold the laws, and the rights of individuals to be free from police misconduct.  If you feel that you or someone you know  has been a victim of prisoner abuse or neglect, contact the Chicago, Illinois, Law Office of William Carlos Weeden promptly so that valuable evidence does not disappear.  You may be entitled to take legal action against those responsible, and claim financial restitution based on your situation.

There is a small window of opportunity to gather evidence to support an occurrence of prisoner abuse. It is imperative that you contat the Law Office of William Carlos Weeden as soon after the incident as possible in order to get inside the facility and collect evidence before it is destroyed.

Law Office of William Carlos Weeden

The information on this website has been provided for general informational purposes only and does not constitute legal advice nor create an attorney-client relationship or warrant that a certain result will be attained in a specific case. The Supreme Court of Illinois does not recognize certifications of specialties in the practice of law and the certificate, award or recognition is not a requirement to practice law in Illinois. We encourage you to contact us or another legal professional for advice regarding your individual situation.

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