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Prison Reform

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Currently, prisons are not suited to help their inmates with the constitutional health care obligations. For example, in Illinois, the prison population has increased by 700% over the last 40 years. With facilities holding far more people than they should, it is almost entirely impossible to provide health protection. In order to better protect health of inmates and the employees of prisons, there are several steps that could significantly help. The first step is to create a more hygienic facility. Ways to do this include increasing the quality of the food, improving sanitation practices within the kitchen, creating a more hygienic building with more cleaning, and changing the old clothing and bedding for newer, cleaner ones. In addition, prison populations traditionally consist of a greater number of people from sections of society that have poor health. If the prison wants the inmates to place importance on good health, it must start with the prison itself placing importance on the topic. The prisons must first hire health care professionals that are confident in their practice. These employees should be able to speak proficiently about health and be able to provide help to the inmates. In addition, the prison should possess a system that keeps the health records of all inmates at a high standard. To do this, prisons and jails must improve their recording procedures and find a system that can be moved around if an inmate is transported or leaves. Finally, the prisons must create links between itself and public health services outside of the prison primarily to ensure a continuation of treatment once a prisoner is released. These changes are the first steps to providing good health promotion. Please sign this petition if you agree with the above statements and believe the government should work to improve these prison conditions.

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