Essay about New Prison System Policies For Medical Care

882 Words Nov 16th, 2016 4 Pages
New Prison System Policies Charge Inmates for Medical Care
Once imprisoned, a civilian no longer has the access to the luxuries of the free world. They are stripped of secular identity, and are processed into incarceration with a number, basic clothing, toiletries, and a bed. Due to rising health care costs among many correctional facilities, new policies have been allowed to charge inmates for medical services. Although the service fee aims to decrease abuse of the healthcare services within prison, implementing charges for inmate medical services negatively affect prisoners by: limiting inmate finances for basic needs, deterring inmates from seeking treatment, and inviting another avenue for segregation within prison walls.
The majority of inmates are poor when entering prison. Facilities that assess a fee for inmates to cover medical services would significantly limit the funding for basic needs. In order to survive and maintain civility, many inmates participate in bartering commissary. Commissary items can include food, snacks, extra socks or underwear, bedding, stationary and toiletries. These items are purchased through funding furnished by the inmate’s relatives or friends. Commissary items are a vital commodity in prison, and can be difficult to acquire 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…

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