The Rights Of The United States Essay

1462 Words Dec 19th, 2015 6 Pages
The United States incarcerates more people than any other nation in the world (Wilper et al., 2009). Research indicates that the United States prison population has reached an all-time high (Wilper et al., 2009). In 2012 alone, 1 in every 35 adults were in either jail or prison (Aufderheide, 2014). According to the Federal Bureau of Prisons, the highest number of inmates to date are incarcerated for drug offenses. Although, prisoners may have committed crimes, prisoners have constitutional rights. One of prisoners’ constitutional rights is health care. Some people do not elicit any compassion for prisoners, and believe that they do not deserve health care. Although, prisoners may have made mistakes, prisoners deserve health care due to the prevalence of mental, and chronic related illnesses associated with the prison system.
Health care in a prison setting is essential in order to treat prisoners who suffer from mental, and chronic illnesses. There is a disproportionately high rate of mental illnesses, and chronic illnesses among prisoners. People with mental and chronic illnesses are often marginalized and discriminated against. In a prison setting prisoners are often left untreated due to the negligence of the prison system. This paper will examine prison health care, why prisoners deserve health care, the health care services in Illinois, the prevalence of infectious diseases, mental illnesses, and chronic illnesses among prisoners. Lastly, this paper will examine the…

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