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Healthcare in prisons is often far below the standard of care deemed appropriate for people to receive. This paper aims to discover specific problems prisoners face when receiving care, as well as investigate how and why this lower standard of care continues to be seen throughout most prisons. This will be done by synthesizing statistics and findings from twelve sources ranging from news and journal articles to national organizations dedicated to specific types of care. These sources will have data on local jails, state prisons, and federal prisons throughout the United States. It was found that even in three different areas of healthcare, there were many of the same problems such as staffing shortages or not properly trained staff, or discrimination towards prisoners for their race, gender, a disease they have, or even just for being in prison. However, each area also had its own unique issues such as mental health not being seen with as much importance as physical health, or women not receiving proper gynecological care or care during pregnancy. Even though these problems are found to be obvious and abundant, very little is being done about it. Even in states that have employees in charge of monitoring prison healthcare providers, these companies find loopholes to be able to not face consequences for providing substandard care. The sources used show a clear problem in the level of healthcare provided to incarcerated people and that they way their health is often dismissed is unacceptable



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