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Running head: INHUMANE CONDITIONS AND PRISONERS Inhumane Conditions and Prisoners Angelica Lugo Rutgers University Correctional Systems November 21, 2017 1
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“Prisons aren’t that bad.” Many people may think that sending someone to prison is a type of punishment for their crime. Some people may hope that prison teaches a person a lesson about what they have done. Some people hope that criminals are being helped by changing their behavior and helping them return to society. Few people have a clear idea of what is happening behind prison walls. People don’t realize the inhumane conditions that prisoners go through on a daily basis. Prisoners don’t receive education, or adequate healthcare. They aren’t being “taught” that their crime was wrong. Prisoners go through inhumane conditions and suffer physically and mentally from the prison system. It is not being said that prisoners don’t deserve to be punished, it’s just not fair to have any human being go through the conditions prisoners go through. “Those who are incarcerated are ostracized, but also face a cruel dehumanization” (McElwee, 2013). One of the prison’s main function to society is to keep criminals away from society so criminals can keep their evil away. Prisoners get raped which is very not portrayed in the media to make citizens aware. These inhumane conditions that are causing mental illness aren’t shared in the media in the way it needs to be. Solitary confinement is the worst punishment that can happen to a prisoner because they literally go insane being by their self. It is not mentally healthy for a prisoner to be alone for many days or weeks. These inhumane conditions make it difficult for a prisoner to rehabilitate into society. They aren’t aware of how to get their lives back together. Prisoners should get the opportunity to learn how to readjust into society so they don’t have to be homeless or go back to doing what got them into the prison system in the first place. Prisoners should be punished, but they should not be treated like animals. Overcrowding is a serious issue in the prison system. Overcrowding happens due to the number of prisoners incarcerated and the amount space available in a prison. The United States has 2.5 million prisoners. Overcrowding is going to be more of a situation as the years go on INHUMANE CONDITIONS AND PRISONERS 2
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because the incarceration rate is only rising. Not only can it cause health issues, but this can lead to physical and mental issues as well. Overcrowding is known as the “curse” of the prison (Sheridan, class). This overcrowding can lead to prisoners having to sleep on the floor and lack
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