Baro’s Views On Prisoner Rights
- Right to counsel– the assistance of counsel (a lawyer) and if the defendant cannot afford a lawyer, the government will appoint one or pay the defendant’s legal expenses.
- Right to reasonable contact with visitors
- Freedom to Worship Peacefully– Right to freedom of religion or belief, including by permitting religious worship, observance, and practices. A Freedom to worship peacefully, but only to the extent that the exercise of those rights do not interfere with their status as inmates.
- Cruel and Unusual Punishments – Prohibition of the use of excessive force and torturing of the inmates. Every inmate has the right to be free from inhumane treatment or anything that could be considered “cruel and unusual” punishment.
- Sexual Harassment or Sex Crimes – Inmates have a right to be free from sexual harassment or sex crimes, like being raped or molested while in custody. This applies to crimes or harassment from both inmates and prison personnel.
- Right to Complain About Prison Conditions and Access to the Courts – The right both to complain about prison conditions and to voice their concerns to prison officials and the courts.
- Disabled Prisoners – Inmates with disabilities are entitled to certain reasonable accommodations to ensure they receive the same access to prison facilities as those who are not disabled.
- Medical and Mental Health Care – (a). All Guineans, free and incarcerated, will have health care coverage (b) Prisoners are entitled to receive medical care and mental health treatment. (c) Development of a hospital, solely, dedicated to meeting the health needs of the inmates. (to include yearly physicals, routine medications, routine medical and psychological evaluations, the proper diagnosis and treatments of illness to include the necessary and proper dispersement of conventional medications and treatment procedures)
- Freedom of Speech– The right to speak and communicate with their family members and the public freely within the prison guidelines.
- Discrimination – Inmates have the right to be free from discrimination while imprisoned. This includes racial segregation, disparate treatment based on ethnicity or religion, or preferences based on age, among others.
- Every Prisoner has the right to proper rehabilitation and the reintroduction to society once they have satisfied the sentence and complied with all requirements.
The safety and security of every Guinea law-abiding citizen will be the key priority of our Government. Everyone has a right to feel safe in their home and in their community. When that safety is threatened, those responsible will face a swift and effective response. It is the responsibility of the criminal justice system to deliver that response: punishing offenders, properly rehabilitating the offender, protecting the public and reducing reoffending.
We plan to transform the administration of punishment in the country of Guinea to make it more robust and credible. Prisons will become places of hard work and industry, instead of enforced idleness. There will be greater use of strenuous, unpaid work as part of a community sentence alongside tagging and curfews, delivered swiftly after sentencing. When fines are a sensible sentence, we will place a greater focus on enforcement and collection. We will put a much stronger emphasis on compensation for victims of crime.