Russia stands as a frightening example of the consequences of poor living conditions in prisons. Russian inmates have a extremely high risk of contracting tuberculosis while serving their time. TB is spread through the air from person to person and is extremely contagious and deadly if it is not treated promptly. When air conditions are poor in a prison environment, there's no doubt the risk of infectious diseases rises. If infected prisoners are released without proper treatment, they can infect countless others. But we can't keep a prisoner either if they've served their time, it's both morally wrong as well as illegal. So the solution to this is to implement stronger laws protecting the health of prisoners. If we want to avoid a situation like Russia, especially as our prisons grow more crowded, we must work on prevention strategies now rather than wait until something happens.
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