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Overcrowded Prison Issues

There are many issues, both ethical and moral, concerning how correctional officers treat inmates, whether they receive the proper medical attention, and how extensive incarceration sentences affect their mental state. These issues that inmates face have been a problem for several decades now. Most citizens do not even take the time to find out what inmates deal with on a daily basis. Once a person is imprisoned, people think they are where they belong and do not care how they are treated in prison. For the most part this is true, but it does not mean that an inmate does not deserve fair treatment and not to have their basic rights as an American citizen infringed upon. Regardless of the severity of their crime or how long their sentence is,…show more content…
There are several psychological effects that overcrowded prisons tend to cause in inmates. These issues that inmates develop while incarcerated are not limited to time in prison, most often inmates cannot cope with the adverse effects on their mental state and carry these problems with them once they are released from prison. Most inmates develop social anxiety from overcrowded living space in prison, this causes most inmates to become anti-social once they are freed. Once social anxiety has set in on an inmate, they become scared of mass gatherings of other inmates. This can cause severe long and short term effects for the afflicted inmate. Depending on the severity of the anxiety, the inmate may avoid group activities in the recreation yard, causing a decline in physical health. Another outcome may be that the inmate may try to avoid personal hygiene time in order to avoid being around to many other inmates at once. This would cause a decline in personal health for the inmate and most likely aggravate other inmates after several missed…show more content…
Idleness leads to boredom and anger, with no proper way to alleviate these dangerous ailments in a prison. After being idle for too long, inmates begin to look for ways to entertain themselves in order to alleviate the boredom. This is dangerous for not only correctional officers, but other inmates as well. Idle inmates may plot violent outbursts or riots, just so that they may break the monotony of their daily routines. Also with a lack of in-house work to offer to inmates, they may begin plotting violent acts against inmates that have prison duties so that they may acquire their jobs. Some may even begin to view the lack of jobs as a competition between inmates to remain active. This is unacceptable, there are several steps that could be taken in order to provide better lifestyles for inmates in prison and jail. One would be to reduce the severity of sentencing to fines for minor infractions, or allow inmates to serve in work release so that they may produce income for the state instead of being incarcerated in prison and becoming a burden to the
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