Prisoners in America are getting a lot of info from prison officials, not prisoners
Inmates in the US have become increasingly savvy about who their neighbors are, what they’re doing and what they eat, and how they’re being treated.
It’s become a common practice among people in prisons, but it’s also a little more complicated than that.
“The information is just really hard to parse,” says David Auerbach, a prison researcher at Johns Hopkins University.
“A lot of inmates, I think, are just more in the loop than their family, and they’re looking for out-of-the-way information.”
One inmate who took part in the study, who spoke on condition of anonymity because he was not allowed to speak to his family for fear of retaliation, explained how he used social media to find out what was happening in his prison, how to get food, and what kind of exercise he was allowed.
He had an iPhone.
“It’s not like you have a GPS or a smart phone that can do this kind of thing,” he said.
“This is really just a phone.”
The phone would tell him about things he’d never seen before, like where the food was coming from and how much it cost, he said, “but there’s no way to know whether that’s true.”
There are ways to check what is going on inside prisons.
But that is far from a perfect solution.
“You have to be able to read the information from a distance,” says Auerbeck.
“In the end, you’re probably not going to be 100 percent certain what you’re seeing.”
The new study, published in the journal Science, focused on the data gathered by the Federal Bureau of Prisons, a sprawling federal agency that has the largest prison population in the country.
About 2.5 million people are incarcerated at the Federal Correctional Institution in Florence, California, according to the Bureau of Justice Statistics.
The Bureau of Labor Statistics reports that about 615,000 people are employed in the federal correctional system, which is the largest employment sector in the United States.
About 12 percent of the prison population is serving time for non-violent drug offenses, the Bureau says.
There are also some people who are serving time who are incarcerated for nonviolent crimes, like sex offenses.
But the vast majority of those people are there because of nonviolent drug offenses and the sex offender population.
The study also found that the average length of stay in prison was 4.6 years.
That’s less than half the length of time it takes to be incarcerated for a nonviolent crime like murder or kidnapping.
The inmates who participated in the survey were more than half of the population who are currently incarcerated, but only 7.6 percent of them were actually serving time.
This is not surprising to those who have worked on the issue of inmate health and safety in prisons.
As prison populations have grown, so has the need for medical care and mental health care, said Sarah Nye, a professor of criminology at Ohio State University.
While the Bureau’s prison population has grown substantially in recent years, that has not always translated into better care for inmates.
The Department of Health and Human Services has recently taken a much more aggressive approach to reducing the number of people in its custody, Nye said.
In 2016, it released a list of recommendations to improve care and care coordination between the Department of Justice and the Department on Mental Health and Substance Abuse.
But she says the Bureau is still working to improve the way it treats prisoners.
For example, the prison system has begun to offer mental health support and rehabilitation programs.
But there are still issues in terms of mental health and treatment in the prisons.
Nye says the problem is often not addressed by the government.
“We need to know what is happening with our inmates, what are their needs and what are the resources that are available to them,” she said.
Some of the inmates were also asked to provide their own personal information.
Inmates have also been able to access a system of personal health records, which are maintained by the Department and are not publicly available.
But Auerbahes study found that those records are not very useful.
In the case of the inmate who was asked for his phone number, it was hard to tell what kind it was, so he declined to provide it.
Auerbs findings could have a significant impact on how prisons operate.
For one thing, it could potentially provide prisoners with the information they need to help plan their own incarceration.
It could also make it harder for prisoners to access help from outside agencies, like medical care or counseling.
“When people don’t have access to information, it can have an effect on them,” said Auerb, who has been involved in efforts to change prison practices in recent decades.
“And they are really dependent on the system to provide them with the health care they need.”
He added that he hopes the data can serve as a model for other countries to improve their prison systems.
“They need to make sure that their inmates