While a person is doing time in a jail or prison they

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problems, etc. While a person is doing time in a jail or prison they start to feel as if they are a caged animal because of the treatment in there. Inmates get treated poorly by C.O’s and have no choice but to do what they are told because they will suffer a great deal of consequences if they don’t. Whether or not an inmate complies with a C.O’s demand they will in most cases get punished for it. They are basically damned if they do and damned if they don’t. Poor treatment and lack of compassion is what causes personal problems once a person is released from jail and has to start all over. Several stories have been told in the past about people that have dealt with incarceration and have been released back into reality feeling different and struggling to fit into society's way of living. Kalief Browder is an example of a young black man who was charged for a crime he did not commit, serving three years in Rikers Island jail in New York City. In the article “Kalief Browder, 1993-2015” it states “During that time he endured about two years of solitary confinement, where he attempted to end his life several times… After he was released he struggled with mental health and eventually took his own life.”(Gonnerman) Browder’s story is one that will be remembered in history because his story showed the world how incarceration takes a massive toll on a person’s life and drives a person to the point where they feel like they no point in living no more. Their time has been wasted in a jail due to the fact that they have been racially profiled. Browder was a minority but his story will live on forever and it will show just how bad our justice system has failed minorities and how badly it has affected their life.
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Ali 10 The effects of mass incarceration range from a number of things and also have effects on many different people. Incarceration has many many long term effects that permanently ruin/damage one’s life. The article “Wounds From Incarceration That Never Heal” explain the different impacts this issue has on people. For example it states that “One might assume that being released from jail or prison would represent an opportunity to make good on commitments to be a better person and return to normal life. If incarceration actually rehabilitated inmates, then that assumption would make sense. But alas, it does not, despite what many people believe.Evidence instead suggests that being locked away scars, stigmatizes and damages inmates. A history of incarceration has been linked to vulnerability to disease, greater likelihood of cigarette smoking and even premature death.”(Brown & Patterson) This statement is a prime example of how incarceration has damaged a person’s life. When a person is released from jail people think that everything is going to be good for that person and they are automatically happy because they aren’t imprisoned no more. That is not the case for a lot of people who have gone through this.
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  • White people, Kareena Ali

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