Essay On Prison Abuse

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Criminal Justice April 4, 2011 Term Paper For many years, abuse in prisons has been a serious issue and over the years, the abuse has only gotten worse. We see on the news of this happening in other countries but many Americans do not realize this is happening in our country as well, right under our noses. Some of the most unimaginable things take place in prisons not too far from where we live. Everyday, inmates undergo a variance of different forms of abuse. According to, some forms of abuse are being beaten with fists and batons, stomped on, kicked, shot, stunned with electronic devices, doused with chemical sprays, choked, and slammed face first onto concrete floors by the officers whose job it is to guard them. This gives…show more content…
Men are constantly being persuaded and forced into sexual contact with not only former inmates, but correctional officers as well. One recollection by Garrett Cunningham, an inmate at the Luther Unit in Navasota, states that he was handcuffed on his way to the shower facilities, raped by an officer, and then forced to shower afterwards. He was then told that if we was to tell anyone of the incident, he would be placed in a “rougher unit where he would be raped all the time”. Whenever an inmate pleas and cries about being sexually assaulted, they get ignored and laughed at. Women are also subject to sexual abuse by the correctional officers and surprisingly, the former women inmates as well. The women are bribed for sexual favors in return for some of the most basic human needs such as toilet paper and a toothbrush, sometimes even their meals. One of the main problems concerning sexual abuse in prisons is that sexual assault and rape is so common in prisons that it is almost seen as acceptable. It’s disgusting that an inmate should be expecting to get raped when sentenced to jail. That is wrong in every way and goes against our given rights. It is also interesting to think that these inmates are incarcerated for crimes, yet the rape crimes the guards commit on them are probably worse than what the inmate is even there for. Our prison system has helped make torture seem like a normal, even routine part of American

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