Friday, July 15, 2011

Prison study will cause debate

A study of prisoners in North Carolina will undoubtedly cause debate about where social policies should go from here.
The study of 100K male prisoners found that black males between the ages of 20 and 79 can experience survival rates 30-40% greater than those outside of prison for some conditions.
White prisoners were slightly more likely to die sooner in prison.

Some will argue that this illustrates a failure of society and/or black culture on the outside when it comes to protecting black males from disease, injury and murder.
Others will claim it is a mandate for universal healthcare as the healthcare in the prisons is credited for extending the lives of the cons who otherwise would have less or no access to healthcare on the outside.
Then there are those that will say: "Lock 'em all up! It's good for 'em!"

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