There can be little doubt that since the late 1960's the status and conditions of our prisons have become a public issue. It can probably be said without citation that as a general proposition most states have found their prisons in a state of need. Our prisons have for many years been economically neglected in the wake of more publicly acceptable priorities. The philosophy seemed to be that prisoners were criminals that should be put away, and their lot was of their own making. There would then, of course, always be more pressing and socially acceptable purposes for which to expend public monies.
Burnett Miller III,
Prisoners' Rights Litigation- 42 U.S.C. §1983- Litigation: Defendant's View,
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