When Prisoners Are Patients By Theresa Brown Essay

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In society today, when someone breaks the law, they are sent to prison to be punished. Prison, in one perspective, values rehabilitation for the prisoners; however, it does not actually focus on helping the prisoners. The social stigma of having the label of a prisoner is detrimental to the chance of success after they are released. Therefore, prisoner incarceration and recidivism rates in the United States are among the highest in the world. In the article "When Prisoners Are Patients," Theresa Brown elaborates on personal stories involving inmates in the prison healthcare system in her work as a nurse. Towards the end of the article, she shifts her focus away from inmates and onto global healthcare. While Brown is correct in her argument that prisoners need general health care, the prison system needs to take it one step further to focus more on mental health, inmate treatment, and true rehabilitation.
Brown 's first major claim is the fact that even though prisoners made mistakes in their past, they are still human and should be treated humanely. In her work as a nurse, she treated inmates and elaborated on the first rule she learned. "Don 't ask, don 't tell" (Brown 1) is the rule where the prisoner does not disclose the reason as to why they are incarcerated. One example was an older prisoner who was sick from cancer and was handcuffed to the hospital bed, she said, "It seemed absurd" (Brown 1). Brown felt like this dying prisoner was treated with no amount of humanity…

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