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Ironies of Imprisonment examines in-depth an array of problems confronting correctional programs and policies from the author’s singular and consistent critical viewpoint. The book challenges the prevailing logic of mass incarceration and traces the ironies of imprisonment to their root causes, manifesting in social, political, economic, and racial inequality. Unique and accessible, this book promises to stimulate spirited discussion and debate over the use of prisons.
Chapter 5: Health Care Crisis behind Bars
Health Care Crisis behind Bars
Keith Carter is doing time for armed robbery. He is also HIV positive and understandably concerned about taking his medications as prescribed, not an easy task in the Florida prison system. Crixivan, one of his daily drugs, has strict instructions dictating food intake since it can interfere with its absorption. Ironically, the prison staff distributed his medication at mealtime. Carter explains his predicament: “I can't eat till an hour after I take it. If I eat, I have to wait two hours. For the longest time, they would wake us up at 8:30 in the morning, give us our medication, then take us directly to breakfast” (Cusac, 2003, p. 198). Carter was forced to choose between ...