Monday, April 23, 2012

Mental Health in Prisons | Faktensucher

Mental Health in Prisons | Faktensucher


Mental Health in Prisons

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Mental Health in Prisons.

As mentally ill offenders fill US prisons

The number of incarcerated mentally ill men and women is a growing trend in the United States. Today, the percentage of prisoners with mental disease outweighs the percentage of the general population that struggles with similar maladies. Reasons for this trend include gradual deinstitutionalization of the mentally ill and inadequate community mental health services. Moreover, a social mindset that declares that mentally unstable people should be behind bars has also contributed to making overcrowded U.S. prisons the primary place of mental treatment—at a significant cost taxpayers.

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