Importance Of Ethical Concerns For Inmates

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Ethical Concerns For Inmates An estimated that 6,851,000 adults are confined in the correctional systems in the United States, or about 1 in 36 adults (Kaeble et al.). Americans spend 80 billion dollars a year funding the correctional facilities, which comes to $260 per resident per year, so citizens have the right to know how their $260 is being spent and whether or not it is helping to reform inmates (Picchi). The news is constantly reporting stories of violent crimes occurring nationwide, which makes a person question just how efficient the modern correctional facilities are at lowering crime rates and reforming inmates. As time goes on, will prisons be able to solve or reduce future violent crimes from the 1,163,146 violent crimes that …show more content…
One of the issues of the debate is the mental condition of inmates. The health services are less than adequate to fit the needs of humans, and it is argued that prison systems do not see inmates as actual people but as problems. It is hard to truly reform a person to the societal norm when you do not treat them as though they are apart of society. According to the mere exposure therapy, the more you are around something, the more you like it. Thus, if you want prisoners to be reformed, then you must make them feel like they are in an environment similar to the place we want them to be reformed to. “Human Rights Watch has called prison mental health services ‘woefully deficient’” (Gostin). “Prisons are the largest mental health institutions in our country,” stated Darrel A. Reiger, M.D., M.P.H., referring to the number of mentally ill “patients”, not the medical treatment received or lack thereof (Gostin). In October 2016, prisoners of Holman prison made the claim that the prison guards ignored the cries for help as an inmate committed suicide (Kaleem). This inmate was under both mental and physical trauma from being locked up in a cell in a facility holding 1,000 inmates that was meant to hold only 500. Only 60 percent of inmates that were in state or federal prisons received the treatment they needed while 40 percent of local inmates got the treatments they needed (Gostin). The implication can be made that if prisoners aren’t receiving their needed treatment, they will have a more rough time adapting to the prison life and will take longer to reform, if at all. “Prisoners rarely, if ever, get therapy or comprehensive treatment, so mental health issues that were previously controlled with medication and therapy may get much worse during

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