Inequality In Prison Essay

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The topic of inequality has become a pressing theme of today’s society. In the past few years, and even months, discussions based on inequality typically focus on the basic differences between the ways men and women are treated. However, we tend to avoid conversations about the severe gender discrimination facing those on the outskirts of society, especially those in prison. Although there are still the stereotypical imbalances present between genders in the prison system, the favoritism men receive in those situations is so much more than meets the eye. Women in prison endure far greater injustices compared to men, based on the sole factor that they are women. Some of these injustices include selective treatment, violence, rape, and corrupt …show more content…
The American Psychological Association conducted a study in 2009 that clarified some shocking statistics about just how unfairly these women are treated, while explaining their daily trials. First of all, “in the last ten years, the male prison population has increased 45 percent, while that of women is up 81 percent” (Clark). That number startling when comparing it to the current overcrowding of prisons. Approximately 75 percent of those women suffer from mental health problems and have, or are currently experiencing physical or sexual abuse. “In addition, most of the women are poor, undereducated, unskilled, single mothers, and disproportionately women of color, and their paths to crime are usually marked by abuse, poverty and addiction” (Clark). That is not to say men do not experience these same burdens, however, their percentages typically remain in the 50’s and are provided with more reliable resources to help them cope with such …show more content…
Women are raped and abused at the hand of correction officers nearly four times more often than a man in the same or similar situation. Women are also selectively rewarded if they fall into the typical stereotype of a “female,” however, they are punished if they do not fall into that category. Unfortunately, a large percentage of women do not follow the norms of society, which is often why they are in prison. Since this issue poses some very obvious problems, there are several solutions that have been proposed to improve the discrimination toward women. One of which are faith-based programs. Faith-based programs are not prevalent throughout the nation, however, their success rate is promising. These programs focus on discipleship and developing strong relationships between the inmates in order to create community. Community is key to survival and accomplishment in prison, it can be the reason for social change which is greatly desired. Previous inmates who have participated in the programs have received immeasurable amounts of support and confidence through their connection to Christ and others, which have inspired them to stand up for their rights and the rights of others. Although it might seem like a simple aspect, it holds great power in the world of injustice and its solution. If there was one right solution, the problem

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