Implementing Charges For Inmate Medical Services Negatively Affects Prisoners

941 Words Nov 2nd, 2016 4 Pages
Implementing charges for inmate medical services negatively affects prisoners by, limiting inmate finances for basic needs, deterring inmates from seeking treatment, and inviting another avenue for segregation within prison walls.
The implemented charge for medical services would significantly limit the funding prisoners have for basic needs. Once imprisoned, a civilian no longer has the access to the luxuries of the free world. The civilian becomes an inmate. They are stripped of identity, secular relevance, and financial status. Inmates are processed into incarceration, and enter the prison system with basic clothing, toiletries, and a bed. In order to survive and maintain civility, many inmates participate in bartering commissary. Bartering in the prison system marketplace is frowned upon by officials, but is inevitable, as the prison system has its own economic avenues for survival. Commissary items can include food, snacks, extra socks or underwear, bedding, stationary and toiletries. These items are purchased through funding an inmates family puts on the inmates account or books. Commissary items are a very big deal in prison, and can be hard to come by for an inmate that has no finances. For example, an inmate who has $20 a month may spend a total of $5 a month for clothing, $10 for toiletries, $2 for stationary to communicate outside prison walls, and has only $3 left for food or snacks. There is no money left for medical services that should be free. An inmate would…

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