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.
Is the American Prison System Inhumane? Absolutely. It is badly overcrowded that they have to be sent to some other prison do to that overcrowding. Also, something that people should remember is that not everyone in jail has been convicted; many are awaiting trial or some are trying to immigrate to the US and are being held until their case can be reviewed. Also the American prison is inhumane because it’s also underfunded and the prisoners have to face inhumane and unsanitary conditions, such as lack of clean water.US prisons are breeding ground for violence.
Many people go into prison for small offences but to survive they must harden themselves and live a way of life that is tougher than they ever imagined. Many prisoners are willing to kill, trade drugs and other offences. Because of the worsening conditions in the prisons the almost non-existent rehabilitation programs are counteracted. Worse than the prisoner violence is the complete disregard of the prisoners by the guards and staff. Once a prisoner has left prison one would think they would be given help to re-enter society.
Inmates within many institutions undergo a physical examination and testing for certain communicable diseases. But just because they receive the testing doesn’t mean they are going to receive the proper treatment for their illness, while they are incarcerated. Sometimes it’s hard for correctional institutions to treat infected individuals. Mainly because the inmates refuse to notify them of any illness they may have had before their incarceration, or it’s a matter of never be checked, and the illness is not too detected until months or maybe even years later. Some inmates may not disclose the... ... middle of paper ... ...e lack of health care inmates receive, and how it could be damaging for the community upon the release of inmate.
Today, many prisoners are serving prolonged time in penitentiaries for crimes not committed. In some instances, the law rushes into convictions before getting complete facts. A small town may have needed vengeance, which leads to wrongful convictions. Ignorance of the law is also a factor for an erroneous conviction. In fact, many people do not have knowledge of the law and are not aware of their legal rights.
The treatment of mental health care had been going on for some time before PSH, but sending loved ones to one of these treatment centers was seen as a last resort. There were people in these hospitals, but most of the time the insane were either taken care of at home by family, housed in almshouses (houses for poor people) or they were sent to jail. In these places there was no treatment. The mental person, if violent, would be bound and or sedated heavily. The treatments at the hospitals that specialized in curing the insane were often done for the benefit of the staff, not the pat... ... middle of paper ... ... symptoms of mental illness.
Kim Gilmore wrote, “The prison sentences are often steeper for minorities, who are more likely to be convicted of their crimes that are non minorities” (161). When prisoners revolt to a prison officer, they receive corporal punishment. Moreover, the prisoners do not have human rights in the prison because they cannot choose works. Also, when the prisoners refused to forced labor, they receive violence or corporal punishment. Donna Batten wrote, “Prisoners cannot refuse to work or choose the work they will do.
They are there due to not being able to sustain a normal role within society. Some of them even went into the ward voluntarily. Whether the patient got into the asylum forcefully or voluntarily, they should know the protocols of the ward. They are all in the ward because they are mentally ill. They can’t adjust themselves to the norms of society, thus the reason why they are at the asylum in the first place.
What is parole, something that has power over a person's hardened character? "Correctional facility" is a lie. Where is the "correctional" influence in storing bodies for a period of time? Prisons are deprivation units. It's sad, but because of the hostilities within the prison environment, many prisoners are deprived of emotional stimulation, except for fear, anger and hate.
Introduction From the deinstitutionalization of mental health hospitals and asylums to mass incarceration of mentally ill offenders, our society has failed to treat mentally ill people and prevent systematic incarceration. In spite of many violent mentally ill offenders who are rightfully incarcerated, a significant amount of incarcerated non-violent mentally ill offenders need treatment and guidance. Incarcerating mentally ill offenders consistently is unethical due to lack of alternatives. The mentally ill are overloading prisons, which render progression useless since there are not many solutions to rectify their issues. Options for providing treatment and establishing mental health facilities will be discussed.