The use of solitary confinement to help rehabilitate the inmates. The idea was that while these criminals were in solitary they would be able to think more clearly about the crime they had committed, giving them time to repent, and so they would be able to receive penitence. Yet in reality the silence of the prison didn’t help the prisoners. Now studies have found keeping a prisoner isolated for long amounts of time can lead to more damage than good. Many men have been found to have become violently insane during their stay at Eastern State.
Most of these individual have different illness, which consist of psychotic illness, depression, personality disorder, antisocial personality disorder, organic disorders and there’s many more illnesses and disorders. These types of inmates require special treatment and attention of the correctional officers. Most of the prisons in the United States lack the right medication to give to their inmates and the mentally ill get sicker and sicker while they are incarcerated, one of the reasons may be because
241-64. Web. 15 Oct. 2015. Recently, the issue of treating mentally ill inmates while they serve time for the crimes they committed has become a very prevalent topic (Glazer n.pag.). Because budget cuts have caused many mental health institutions to shut down, court and law officials have been led to place these mentally ill offenders in jails that do not have the equipment and staff necessary to help treat them (Glazer n.pag.).
It is much harder to obtain drugs and alcohol in prison then in society. Thus an assumption can be made that incarceration by itself is a rehabilitative method. While this is true in many ways, going cold turkey off of drugs does nothing to treat their minds, and habits when free. By having these programs available to all prisoners it will allow them to work out their problems
Research shows that "jails and prisons have cultures that often lead to maladaptive behaviors in offenders with SMI that subsequently undermine treatment, both in and out of incarceration setting" (Swann & James, 2008, p. 262). Indicating from the authors, people cannot adapt successfully to such places, but a high number of individuals will have difficulties and most likely will display symptoms of maladaptation in these settings. If drug use is considered a maladaptive behavior impacting incarceration, it is entirely possible the prison environment indirectly encourages
9, pg. 229). The article I summarized claims that even though there has been a mighty change in the system it was not designed to meet the complicated needs of mentally ill inmates in their care (The New York Times Editorial Board). Both the article and the textbook state the needs of the mentally ill inmates are difficult and expensive and their needs are not always met. The text claims the correctional officers have other needs and the article says the system needs further improvement to fully meet the needs of the mentally ill.
According to psychologist Steven Reisner, physical torture affects the brain, but “psychological torture undermines the very ability to think, and it doesn’t leave any marks.” “Slavery” is a word that many people immediately cringe to when the seven letters are processed through their brains. This epoch in America’s history is one that this nation wishes it could forget, but this obviously cannot be done. The physical pain and mental suffering that slaves went through can never again be paralleled. This paper will mainly discuss the topic of psychological and physical torture that took place during the slavery era in the United States of America. Based off of valid and credible scientific evidence, the inhumane treatment that slaves
Mentally Ill in the Criminal Justice System The warehousing of mentally ill patients with in the justice system has recently began to receive a great deal of attention from concerned media centers and citizens of the aforementioned justice system. As many people know, there are a variety of different types of personalities within any penitentiary or prison. The warehousing of mentally ill patients just contributes to the list more. It has become more inhumane to house the mentally ill patients throughout the criminal justice system due to solitary confinement (Reutter). The Colorado Department of Corrections (CDOC) has recently been documented on how they “house” their prisoners that suffer from a severe mental illness.
In 2012, almost seven thousand inmates were serving life sentences for crimes they committed as juveniles (603). Sentencing and correctional facilities were not insusceptible to the confusion of the times, but also faced additional inconvenience. Sentencing research uncovered major discretion and something unlike anything they have ever seen before, resulting in negative punishments for minorities. The conditions in prisons led to fights and the death/injury of inmates and staff. Crime rates rising, social disobedience, and drug use increasing has alarmed many people (Mackenzie 2013 4).