I believe that prisoners should have certain human rights. For example: if they are injured or sick and ask to have medical care, they should be allowed to have it as soon as they ask for it.
Also I believe that prison guards should protect prisoners from sexual and physical abuse. Their jobs are to protect all of the inmates and make sure they do not harm themselves or each other or anyone else. Their jobs are to help them because the best they can be and change their ways. I do not think guards should ignore inmates if they feel threatened or endangered by another inmate. If someone there gets injured I feel like it should have been the guards’ responsibility to watch over them and break up a fight and call for more help when it is needed. For example in the book Locked Up a man asked to be moved to a different cell because his cell mate would threaten him, when he asked guards told him that he would not be moved and for him not to ask again. Not that much later after, his cell mate stabbed him with a pencil six times (Laura B. Edge). The guards had many opportunities to protect that inmate but refused to, which isn’t right because that is their job.
I also believe that while people are in prison they should be learning how to act like a “normal” citizen in society and for them to do that they should have people that work with behavior and emotions, such as therapists and psychologists, talk to the inmates, without that they will never be able to be “normal” in society. Inmates should be going to prison to learn how to change their ways from what they were doing wrong, but instead a lot of inmates are coming out of prison exactly the same, if not worse. Prison should be re-teaching inmates social behavior, not just punishing them.
Also prisoners shouldn’t just learn acceptable social behavior, they should be allowed to practice by associating with other inmates. Some prisoners are locked up in a tiny cell up to twenty-three hours a day (aclu.org). When they are locked up behind bars in a small space it sees like they are being treated like they are animals living in a zoo.
People against prisoners having any human rights usually look at prison as a punishment only for the inmates. They assume because they did wrong they don’t deserve special treatment. They think that they are in there only to be punished for what they have done wrong, instead of being in there learning how to behave as a citizen in society.
People think that prisoners deserve whatever happens to prisoners while they are in jail because it is their own fault they were placed in there in the first place. Prisoners get to learn about karma as a first-hand experience when they are put into prison.
Also a lot of people don’t want to have a lot of their tax money going to the prisoners to help buy them things prisoners need to be treated right there. Even when it comes to prisoners needing psychiatrists to talk to, so they don’t end up mentally ill while they are in prison or even to prevent more mental illness. People assume that’s where their taxes would be going and they don’t want to support prisoners becoming proper and healthy, mentally and physically, for society.
Prisons in general should have someone for inmates to talk to, this shouldn’t be a new thing. Also people should want prisoners to have this because they should be getting help before they are released from prison and without it they could easily becoming worse than they were before.
If your tax money is going to a prison that should be a good thing because that is letting you help protect yourself and your loved ones. It would help because prisoners are getting the care and treatment they need so by the time they are released they know what they did was wrong and understand why it was and do not do it again. Especially in case they were actually insane they would get the help they would so it can be treated and so they are sane once they are out and can take care of themselves in a better manner.
If I were to commit a crime and be sent to prison for it, I would want help so I can change into a better person. I know a person who was suspended for two weeks last year for something they did wrong, actually it was a couple people. But while they were out of school they got help to become better people and since that happened I haven’t heard or seen any of them get in trouble since. If they didn’t get help and they were just punished for what they did, they probably would have never actually learned a lesson. They would probably just try to be sneakier, not changed into the people they are now.
When I interviewed my mom, she agreed that prisoners should be learning wrong from right so they know how to act when they are released. She thinks that if they are only being punished and locked behind bars all day every day, they aren’t really learning a lesson, they are just becoming angry. She believes they need all the help that they can get while they are in prison so they can become better people that they should be.
If you had a loved one in prison wouldn’t you want them getting all the help they could? Wouldn’t you want them to be able to change and realize the mistakes they made? If you believe prisoners are being abused, threatened or ignored, let your voice be heard. Every one deserves human rights, share your opinion to the world. Go to the website, http://www.hrw.org/free-burmas-prisoners/take-action, and join the online petition! Every member counts towards people having human rights.