should a correctional officer be notified of an inmates health?
Inmates have the right to privacy under the fourth (4th) amendment to the Constitution. Because of this right, criminal justice agents (correctional officers, treatment counselors) are not made aware of an inmate’s health issues (such as HIV/AIDS, TB). Do you think they should??
Asked By: Caprice M - 11/30/2008
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Hello Caprice. I have seen many changes in the last 25 years in law enforcement and corrections. One of them was when I was with the Sheriff's Department back in the 80's. We had one special area on the 6th floor that we held all HIV and AIDS infected males in. They were clearly identified to all personnel and we knew... More
Answered By: Nightrider - 11/30/2008
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Yes, especially if they have to get hands on with the individual.
Answered By: Gar - 11/30/2008
I'm sure inmates go through rigorous health screenings when they enter the prison system. The fourth amendment doesn't apply to rampant infectious diseases.
Answered By: Miss Fix It - 11/30/2008
Your info is wrong. The correctional employees DO know of the inmates health issues.
Answered By: shocked - 11/30/2008
Unfortunately no. But there should be a system in place that if an officer or person is exposed to the offender's bodily fluids, that the proper steps be taken to treat that person to prevent contracting that disease... More
Answered By: st_anger87 - 11/30/2008
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