Poor Prison Conditions Interfere with Prisoner Reform

When an individual is sentenced to a prison term, the goal is to reform that individual’s behavior. Prison reform programs have long been a part of the incarceration model, providing rehabilitation and life skills for America’s prisoners. Unfortunately, many correctional facilities in the United States are maintained in deplorable conditions, negating any benefits that reform programs may have on prisoner behavior. Poor conditions, including safety violations, inadequate medical care, and the looming specter of violence have led prisoners to shun rehabilitation programs out of fear, potentially increasing the risk of future criminal behavior. Read More