Negative Effects Of Prison Labor

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Rather than serving as rehabilitative, prisons are institutions of cages with harsh living arrangements that further and increase criminal mindsets of any poor soul, male or female who is forced to inhabit them. Two men can be living right next to each other, one for rape and one for simple robbery. It is wrong that someone who committed a harmless crime versus a traumatic event like murder are housed side by side in a prison cell. Instead of serving as institutions of change, prisons are used for cheap manual labor, to keep minorities under control, and a form of profit for private prison companies (Alexander, 2010; Cunneen, 2000). Prisons are not made to better a criminal, they are made to house them. Criminals are characteristically expected …show more content…
“CCAs revenues increased by 58%, from $293 million to $462 million dollars. Its net profit grew from $30.9 million to $53.9 million. WCC raised its revenues from $138 million in 1966 to $210 million in 1997” (Cunneen, 2000). But these profits come from non-union labor. People whose interest, wages, hours, benefits and working conditions are not taken into consideration. Those in incarceration can be working day after day, hours on end, also since they cannot receive benefits any injury they receive will not be covered by medical insurance. Prisoners are instead of being treated like those longing for help, are treated like cattle. Having no one to see the events that take place from their point of view, or listen to their needs, which leaves them depraved and …show more content…
Many of their rights are taken away from the institutions that instead house and rehabilitate, imprison and punish. The Women 's Institute for Leadership Development for Human Rights stated the basic necessities that prisons take away. Women lose their freedom to bodily integrity, physical and mental care as well as economic security and the requirements for taking care of and birthing a baby (Hikel, 2000). So not only do women in jail not get taken care of, but when they finish their sentence, they cannot help neither themselves nor their child. They mentally and physically cannot bear it. Women who have been institutionalized, lost their humanity and cannot function in the society that they are supposed to learn how to function in. Prisons are no more, but buildings for people to succumb to their physical and mental health issues, back when they could have been helped, before reaching mental and physical abuse where no one could recover

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