Event Title

Health Care for the Incarcerated: A Plea to Save a Vulnerable Population

Presenter Information

Brenda Mata-Diaz, Seattle University

Publication Date

2020

Start Date

29-8-2020 10:10 AM

End Date

29-8-2020 10:35 AM

Moderator

Adrian Nava

Description

In the Constitution of the United States of America, the 8th amendment states, “Excessive bail shall not be required, nor excessive fines imposed, nor cruel and unusual punishments inflicted.” Contrary to belief, each day, men, women, and children behind bars suffer from the lack of access to adequate medical and mental health care. Out of the incarcerated population, 40 percent of inmates suffer from a chronic health condition, and without proper access to healthcare while incarcerated, inmates and post-release inmates continue to suffer. Their medical needs are not met, prisons are often overcrowded, and those conditions allow contagious illnesses to spread faster. Without action being taken, this vulnerable population continues to see uncivil practices being ignored by legislatures. We should stop ignoring the discussion on the rights of the incarcerated and improve our health care system in correctional facilities. In this presentation, I will talk about the inadequate health care in jails and prisons, what contributes to this issue, why we should care about this ongoing issue, and what we can do to address the issue.

This document is currently not available here.

Share

COinS
 
Aug 29th, 10:10 AM Aug 29th, 10:35 AM

Health Care for the Incarcerated: A Plea to Save a Vulnerable Population

In the Constitution of the United States of America, the 8th amendment states, “Excessive bail shall not be required, nor excessive fines imposed, nor cruel and unusual punishments inflicted.” Contrary to belief, each day, men, women, and children behind bars suffer from the lack of access to adequate medical and mental health care. Out of the incarcerated population, 40 percent of inmates suffer from a chronic health condition, and without proper access to healthcare while incarcerated, inmates and post-release inmates continue to suffer. Their medical needs are not met, prisons are often overcrowded, and those conditions allow contagious illnesses to spread faster. Without action being taken, this vulnerable population continues to see uncivil practices being ignored by legislatures. We should stop ignoring the discussion on the rights of the incarcerated and improve our health care system in correctional facilities. In this presentation, I will talk about the inadequate health care in jails and prisons, what contributes to this issue, why we should care about this ongoing issue, and what we can do to address the issue.