I pledge allegiance, to the flag…

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“The land of the OPPRESSED and the home of the CAGED” 

Mass Incarceration: the leading cause of POOR CORRECTIONAL HEALTH CARE

My target audience was the American public, and what better way to inform others than a college campus, a place where people go to educate themselves? That’s why I walked around campus holding up this flag. The American flag has many meanings for the population of the U.S. which is why I chose to paint over it. By doing such a powerful act on the flag, I hope to spark awareness about mass incarceration and how it is the main cause of poor correctional health care.

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More Incarceration, Less Healthcare Pt. 1: Introduction

Background

We are living in a new era of colorblindness, “the idea that ignoring or overlooking racial and ethnic differences promotes racial harmony,” (Scruggs). People who succumb to colorblindness don’t see color as a factor in mass incarceration because of the fact that they choose not to see race. This justifies the deliberate targeting and incarceration of ethnic minorities.

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More Incarceration, Less Healthcare Pt. 2: Let’s Get Personal

I have a passion for helping others so social issues are close my heart. As an Asian minority myself, it is important for me to support my own racial group as well as others. I am also a pre-nursing major who believes in the idea that healthcare is a right, not a privilege. A major factor in mass incarceration is racial targeting which is unjust; I feel I must advocate to reduce and end this problem. I hope that my site and my words encourages my target audience to acknowledge this dilemma and inspire them to join me to solve mass incarceration and better the correctional care in America.

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More Incarceration, Less Healthcare Pt. 3: To Whom It May Concern

Target Audience

There are many target groups that are key factors to the issue at hand. The informed American public are those who have dedicated time and effort to educate themselves about why mass incarceration is problematic and has lead to many issues, such as poor correctional healthcare. The informed American public have the power that prisoners do not have which is why they must be the voice for the voiceless. The last two target groups are politicians and the legislative branch because they are in the position of power to propose and create laws that affect the U.S.

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More Incarceration, Less Healthcare Pt. 4: Call to Action

With a united front, we must come together in solidarity to end mass incarceration and to solve poor correctional health care.

STEP 1:

The informed American public must be motivated, educated and dedicated to help fix the nation’s current state. The American public must be an ally and acknowledge the racial bias in the criminal justice system. 

Performing acts of activism, such as peaceful protests or spreading the word through social media, the informed American public can bring awareness and educate those who are unaware of mass incarceration and how it is the leading cause to improper correctional care. If the unaware American public were to be educated about this topic, it would allow them to formulate opinions of their own and to not blindly follow the rulings of politicians and the legislative branch.

I suggest that the American society must change their views on prisoners as well. Due to the overrepresentation of minorities (especially Blacks) in media, the general American public associate ethnic minorities with crime. Because of this mindset, law enforcement focuses their time monitoring and arresting minorities because they associate crime with minorities. The link between race and crime must be broken.

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Rhetorical Strategies from The National Commission on Correctional Health Care

Publications and Rhetorical Strategies

The NCCHC created the Journal of Correctional Health Care, which features original research and case studies. The JCHC tackles “clinical health care, health services and support, personnel and staffing, ethical issues, clinical services, medical records, continuous quality improvement, risk management, and medical-legal issues” (JCHC).

The article I chose was, Patterns of Traumatic Injury in “New York City Prisoners Requiring Hospital Admission” where rhetorical strategies are used to make their stance more effective.

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Observations on Improved Health Care in Correctional Facilities

The issue pertaining to the improvement of prison health care varies between populations, such as the informed American public, the correctional facility health workers, and the management of prison health care. In this post I will be evaluating and interpreting the significance of these populations varying opinions.

A Fight to Cool off:

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(photo by Bryan Tarnowski, NYT)

In the article, “In U.S. Jails, a Constitutional Clash Over Air-Conditioning” by New York Times journalist, Alan Blinder, he describes the issue with temperature maintenance standards among U.S. correctional facilities. Over the years, judges from Arizona, Mississippi and Wisconsin declared that the incarceration in extreme hot or cold temperatures violates the Eighth Amendment because it is deemed as cruel and unusual punishment. New York Times readers shared their thoughts on determining whether or not withholding air-conditioning for prisoners breaks the Eighth Amendment. On the site, there is a section where readers can post comments about the given article and it’s separated in three sections: all (comments), reader’s picks, and NYT picks. The top comments in the reader’s picks section are the most agreed upon comments from NYT readers.

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