Prison Conditions in the United States and Russia Article Review

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Maximum security prisons have grown in recent decades and have implemented methods some may deem inhumane. A 2016 article discusses prison conditions in maximum security prisons and addresses specifically the topic of preservation of human dignity and disease prevention. The author mentions the Dudley Lee v. Minister of Correctional Services case that held "that prison authorities have a duty of care to prevent prisoners from being infected with HIV-related illnesses such as TB" (Torriente, Tadion, & Hsu, 2016). The applicant was sent to a maximum security prison in South Africa where he eventually was diagnosed three years later with TB. Another instance of the government and its failure to acknowledge the need to safeguard a prisoner's health is the R. v. Secretary of State for the Home Department, ex-parte Glen Fielding. Here the case discusses of a prisoner in the United Kingdom asking for condoms and being denied unless given a prescription. The government in that case, did not want to encourage homosexuality.

The article continues by explaining the update to the United Nations rule update concerning prisoner rights. "On December 17, 2015, at its 70th Session, the UN General Assembly adopted a revised version of the SMR, referred to as the Nelson Mandela Rules (Resolution...
...Rule 24 of the update rules confirms that prisoners should be given the same rights as those outside of prison in regards to proper healthcare. The article provides a key look at the worldwide trend of ignoring the health concerns of those imprisoned, especially in the maximum security prisons, pointing to the need for reform in this key area. It also shows the updated UN rules regarding prisoner rights worldwide.

Maximum Security Prisons in the United States

In a 2005 article describing conditions in maximum security prisons, the author examines the increased media coverage of prisoner abuse and the concern organizations like the International Red Cross have with U.S. confinement techniques as well as U.S. prison policies promoting overcrowding, abuse, and violation of human rights laws. "Accounts of long-term solitary confinement and other torture techniques demonstrate that current detention methods are not indications of U.S. leadership in human rights" (Vasiliades, 2005, p. 72). Maximum security prisons seem to be a place where harsh treatment of civilian prison populations is allowed with the near prevalent practice of lengthy solitary confinement. Prisoners at this level of prison must endure years of solitary confinement with international criminals in one of America's most notorious maximum security prisons, enduring water boarding and forced feeding.

However, the author focuses more on solitary confinement and its reintroduction as the main form of punishment in American maximum security…

Sources Used in Documents:


Engel, P. (2013). Here's What Life Is Like Inside Russia's Toughest Prison.Business Insider. Retrieved 16 April 2016, from

Torriente, A., Tadion, A., & Hsu, L. (2016). Opening the Door to Zero New HIV Infections in Closed Settings. Health and Human Rights Journal. Retrieved 16 April 2016, from

Vasiliades, E. (2005). Solitary Confinement and International Human Rights: Why the U.S. Prison System Fails Global Standards. American University International Law Review, 21(1). Retrieved from

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