Conditions in America's prisons are some of the worst in the western developed world. http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=IWxpQ87C4t4 http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article8451.htm http://www.economist.com/node/14222337 I realise that part of the reason for prison is to punish the criminals, but at what point is the poor treatment too much? And even if some of the prisoners deserve what they get, could there be other prisoners there that deserve better? I am not sure how much of a deterent the poor conditions actually are. Being in prison to begin with is an adequate deterrent. Is not the main purpose of prisons to protect the outside world from these criminals, rather than punishment? Now I realise that the prisons in most of the rest of the impoverished world are even worse, but could not America do better?