Prisoner Abuse Law and Legal Definition

Prisoner abuse means the mistreatment of individuals upon arrest or incarceration. The actions such as needless beating, hitting, or other corporal punishment, taunting, sleep deprivation, or other forms of psychological abuse, occasionally white noise forced intercourse, genital mutilation, or other forms of sexual abuse, refusal of essential medication, humiliation, enhanced interrogation, or any act by which severe pain, whether physical or psychological, is intentionally inflicted all come under prisoner abuse. Generally, the duty of supervisors to inspect a jail for unsafe conditions did not impose a duty to protect prisoners from abuse by prison personnel.