"Under a government which imprisons any unjustly, the true place for a just man is also a prison."
- Henry David Thoreau, Philosopher
The criminal justice system in the United States is governed by a set of Constitutional rights that are extended to persons of interest, suspsects, defendants, convicts and prisoners. A few examples of these rights include:
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Needless to say, these rights (and the many others that govern the justice system) are of the utmost importance to make sure that our justice system is actually just. Defendants and criminals, no matter what heinous crimes they are accused or convicted of, must have their rights respected just like every other individual.
The ACLU of Georgia works to uphold these rights throuh monitoring the justice system for abuse and lobbying efforts aimed at trying to pass reform through the legislature.