Break the Chains of this Broken System

Insight on our nation's prisons

Jaden Marolt, Culture and Relationships Team

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Although convicts need to serve their time, America’s prison systems are inhumane, overcrowded, violent, sexually abusive, and present prisoners with health and safety risks.

A man named Doyle Lee Hamm, inmate, was placed on death row for being charged with the murder of a hotel clerk. Doyle was scheduled to be executed on the 22nd of February in 2018.

Sodium Thiopental, Pancuronium, and Potassium Chloride all chemicals used to paralyze muscles, and stop vital organs, were injected into the man 11 times, which is an unreasonable amount considering only one injection of each anesthetic is needed.

Hamm’s treatment was classified as torturous, cruel, and unnecessary pain. Although the prisoner did commit a homicide, the execution of him was rather inhumane and could have been handled in a less remorseless manor, according to Dailymail.com

Not only are prisoners treated in brutal ways, but they are also put through various acts of violence and sexual abuse, along with being mistreated based on race, sex, gender identity, and disabilities.

People of youth and pregnant women are extremely prone to rape and sexual assault in correctional facilities. Although these people are imprisoned for a reason, no one deserves to be abused like this.

America’s prison systems are not correctional. They are torturous, and should be redirected and used for rehabilitation.

Clearly something is askew, considering that 2.3 million people (25%) of the United States population is locked up in prison, based on America’s Civil Liberties Union.

In Norway the prison system is rather successful since only 4,000 out of the 5 million citizens there are prisoners. Not only are there less people imprisoned in Norway, but less people get rearrested there too with an outstanding 20%. America’s rearrest rate, on the other hand, is 76.6%, writes businessinsider.com.

If prison systems were aimed to repair the harm caused by crime rather than punish and torture people for their mistakes, arrest and offense rates are predicted to decrease immensely.