Mentally Ill Inmates: A Case Study

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There are times that “treatment” of mentally ill inmates crosses the line to abuse. Kevin Demott a 19-year-old prisoner in Michigan has had a long troubled history of bi-polar disorder. He first entered the correctional system at the age of 13, when he was caught trying to rob a pizza restaurant with a toy gun. By the time he was 15, he was placed in an adult prison for breaking several rules including assaulting a guard. In January of 2011, Kevin while in solitary confinement, was found banging his head against the wall until he was severely bleeding. The “treatment” for his safety was to shackle him to his bed and place a helmet on his head. It was later discovered that Kevin was receiving no medication for his mental illness. This once again
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