Life for Prisoners in Zimbabwe Descriptive Essay by scribbler

Life for Prisoners in Zimbabwe
A description of the hardships faced by those incarcerated in prisons in Zimbabwe.
# 152480 | 1,472 words | 3 sources | APA | 2013 | US
Published on Feb 20, 2013 in Criminology (Criminal Justice and Corrections) , Sociology (General)

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The paper describes the poor conditions in prison cells in Zimbabwe that include overcrowded conditions, lack of adequate sanitation, few clothes and no shoes, inadequate food and lack of decent medical care. The paper relates that prisoners are prone to diseases and even death, and officers find ways to degrade the prisoners by exploiting them for free labor.

From the Paper:

"The overcrowded conditions faced by the prisoners in Zimbabwe, where they have no other option but to be exposed to others, cause them to be prone to a large number of diseases. The occurrence of Tuberculosis, AIDS, Cholera and Pellagra are pretty common. The several instances of prisoners dying inside the prison cells can be attributed to these diseases. A decent standard of sanitation is necessary to any individual to avoid diseases. Complete unavailability of water is a common occurrence. A bucket of water placed at the corner of a cell crowded with prisoners is not the best alternative. They are forced to share a bucket and while using it stingily for drinking and washing at the same time. (Hemel & Menkiti, 2006)
"Unavailability of any shoes forces them to walk around in puddles of water making them vulnerable to different kinds of water borne diseases. Most toilets have inadequate facilities for water making them useless. Some cells do not have any kind of toilet arrangement at all forcing the prisoners to use buckets or whatever else they can find. This is pretty unhygienic considering that they hardly ever have any kind of soap to clean their hands or bodies. Walking around barefoot in an environment infested with dirty water and human waste is enough to spread infectious diseases. The lack of prison space forces the sick prisoner to stay together with all the others making it easy for these diseases to spread. (Hemel & Menkiti, 2006)"

Sample of Sources Used:

  • ZACRO (2008, Oct 8) Zimbabwean jails in deplorable state: ZACRO Retrieved from, July 16) Zimbabwe: Spare a thought for prisoners. Retrieved from
  • Hemel,D,J & Menkiti,N,N (2006, Jan 10) Senior released after 5 days in Zimbabwean Jail. Retrieved from
  • Makarati, J. Breaking the silence on menstruation in Zimbabwe: Where does the female prisoner stand ? Retrieved from

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