Poverty, Prisons, and Social Development. Excerpts from the second edition of Dignity of the Individual International CURE photos by Alan Pogue. Contents. Significant Social Development Programs Inadequate Social Development Overcrowding Inhumane conditions Violence and crime
Many incarcerated persons have also been afflicted with: - family dysfunction, - learning disabilities, - mental illness, - addiction, or - other handicaps.
Economic self-sufficiency of those released is a pre-requisite to reducing crime and subsequent government expense.
Corrective social development often must also include: - alcohol or drug treatment, - remedial education, - life skills development, and - physical and mental health.
Central to the dignity of every human person is engagement in work that reinforces that dignity and makes it possible for the worker to engage with others in shaping the life of the community.
Nicaragua: A report by a human rights group in 1992 accused the government of inexcusable indifference because it failed to allocate adequate funds. The prisoners were described as suffering from lack of food, clothing, medicine, and medical treatment. Cases of malnutrition were found as well as contaminated water.
Isn’t it clear thatcrime and prisons are too often the evidence of failures to invest in social development?