Ethical Treatment of Prisoners

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Ethical Treatment of Prisoners
Kathy Dauber
SOC 120 Introduction to Ethics & Social Responsibility
Instructor: Milagros Baez
November 25, 2013

The following paper is about the ethical treatment of prisoners. It will discuss the ethical and moral issues that surround those that are incarcerated and what happens behind the scenes, when they need medical attention and other aspect that happen while in jail. Even those that are incarcerated need to have the proper care from a physician or medical staff, so that their needs can be met even if they have done something wrong.

Ethical Treatment of Prisoners Medical Facilities
When it comes to prison medical facilities, there usually are not enough in prisons to accommodate the inmates. It has been estimated that 95% of inmates received by the federal prison systems need immediate medical care for preexisting conditions (Alexander, 1972). Those that are larger prisons have their own hospital facilities while smaller prisons and jails use community hospitals. Jails have a more critical problem. The American Medical Association did a survey that showed 65.5% had only first-aid facilities and 78% had no formal arrangements with physicians in the community for the medical care of those in the jails. This same study also found that 80% of the medicines given in jails were given by non-medical personal (AMA, 1972). It is viewed that the inmates are not required or should receive medical treatment that is needed. The Eighth Amendment requires that prison officials provide a system of ready access to adequate medical care. Prisoners must have the ability to ask for care on a regular basis. Prison officials show deliberate indifference to serious medical needs if prisoners are unable to make their medical problems known to the medical staff, if sick calls are not conducted regularly…...

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