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Are prisoners in our state prisons entitled to confidentiality?

Asked by elbanditoroso (33133points) 3 weeks ago
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I was visiting the Georgia Department of Corrections website today and noticed that there is a Find an Offender search page open to anyone.

You can get all sorts of information about prisoners – here’s an example (Wayne Williams was the mass murderer of boys and young men in the 1980s). And a face photo.

My question: does a prisoner have any right to confidentiality? Should they? Or is that part of the dehumanization in prison?

PHYSICAL DESCRIPTION
YOB: 1958
RACE: BLACK
GENDER: MALE
HEIGHT: 5’07’’
WEIGHT: 136
EYE COLOR: BROWN
HAIR COLOR: BLACK
SCARS, MARKS, TATTOOS
INCARCERATION DETAILS
MAJOR OFFENSE: MURDER
MOST RECENT INSTITUTION: TELFAIR STATE PRISON
MAX POSSIBLE RELEASE DATE: LIFE

ACTUAL RELEASE DATE: CURRENTLY SERVING
CURRENT STATUS: ACTIVE
KNOWN ALIASES
A.K.A. WILLIAMS,WAYNE B
A.K.A. WILLIAMS,WAYNE BERTRAM
STATE OF GEORGIA – CURRENT SENTENCES
CASE NO: 165060
OFFENSE: MURDER
CONVICTION COUNTY: FULTON COUNTY
CRIME COMMIT DATE: 04/22/1981
SENTENCE LENGTH: NOT AVAILABLE
CASE NO: 165060
OFFENSE: MURDER
CONVICTION COUNTY: FULTON COUNTY
CRIME COMMIT DATE: 04/22/1981
SENTENCE LENGTH: NOT AVAILABLE
STATE OF GEORGIA – PRIOR SENTENCES
STATE OF GEORGIA – INCARCERATION HISTORY
INCARCERATION BEGIN: 01/31/1984
INCARCERATION END: ACTIVE

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Caravanfan's avatar

Public information can be public. Private information like health information must be kept private.

jca2's avatar

New York has that site as well, to find an inmate. Court cases are public info, so it’s not necessary to keep charges and sentences private.

MrGrimm888's avatar

It is public record, unfortunately.
You should be able to find a website for your county/district, where you can type in any names and see if they have been arrested.

People arrested, and/or incarcerated as a minor, have “no record.”
Even if you come out of court smelling like roses, your name takes a hit. Especially if future employers do background checks.

It’s actually kinda hard to find the free site. If you just Google someone, private businesses will try to make you pay for a membership.
If you know a person’s name, it’s hard for them to hide from it.
Which, I’m not a fan of.
Once someone has “repayed” civilization, by completing whatever punishment(s)/debt(s) set forth by the courts they should be able to regain a clean slate.

Ancient criminal records negatively affect a large amount of people, in regards to employment, and housing.

8% of the US population has committed a felony.
23% of adult black men…..

Close to half of the population has had some run in with law enforcement.

Once you’ve been arrested, you only have the rights of someone in the system.

jca2's avatar

If you want to know someone’s record, just google their name with the word “arrested” or “sentenced” and you may find something.

John Smith arrested

or

John Smith sentenced

If the person’s name is a common one (like John Smith) put in a town and state if you know it. John Smith arrested Bangor Maine or John Smith sentenced Cleveland Ohio, for example.

seawulf575's avatar

All of that is public information. You can typically go on line to find it. Additionally, they are not allowed to make or receive telephone calls from jail without having them monitored/recorded. No confidentiality there either.

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