A Question Of Rights: The Human Rights Abuses Of Prisoners In U.S. Prisons Is A Result Of The Racist Justice System And Apathetic Government.

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For my Question of Rights assignment I chose to research into the abuse of rights of prisoners in prisons in the United States of America. I chose to research into the often forgotten plight of prisoners because they endure a lot of abuses of human rights in their time in prison and as yet they do not have proper representation in normal society. The abuse that prisoners suffer in prison, just like any abuse, compounded by the social stigma surrounding released prisoners impacts on their ability to find work, socialise with others and generally conform to normal society upon their release.I chose to research into prisoner abuse in prisons in the United States to focus my report and condense the information I was collecting. I also wanted to research into the abuses of prisoners in a developed democratic country, rather than a developing nation or that under an autocratic or corrupt system of government. I decided to research into prisons because although there is currently more coverage in the media of the abuse of prisoners in Iraq I was not sure of the regulations regarding the treatment of prisoners of war. I also wanted to research into a topic that was contemporary and at the same time enduring.The abuse of prisoners is an extremely topical issue in the United States of America, because of its large prison population. There are currently over 2 million people incarcerated in prisons in the United States (the global rate is estimated at 8 to 10 million) and of those nearly 94,000 inmates are housed in private prisons. Private prisons are essentially profit-driven and as they are not government-run they operate under the rules and standards of the company in ownership. All of the abuses and more that prisoners encounter in Federal prisons occur in private prisons, which in order to turn a profit often ignore the various problems and abuses, or do not hire adequate staff to control their facilities. With the recent suggestion that prisoners may be able to sue their prison for damages upon claims of abuse, the ever-present issue of prisoner abuse has once again become relevant.There are many abuses of fundamental human rights that occur in prisons in the U.S. and while it is understandable that in some circumstances people who break the law should have their rights taken away, it is essential that it is made clear which rights can be taken away and under what circumstances. All of the views regarding the abuses of prisoners I found during my research were along the lines that the human rights abuses in prisons are appalling and must be stopped immediately. However, there must be other unpublished views that it is acceptable to abuse or neglect prisoners otherwise these rights abuses would not be occurring.While I originally wanted to research into the differences in the running of federal and private prisons I was unable to find much information on the running of private prisons and so I changed my original idea. I formulated my current...

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