Abuse and Victimization in US Prisons

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In the United States 2,193,798 people are held in federal prisons, local prisons and local county jails. Inlocal prisons 62% of the inmates have a mental illness (56.2 % in federal and 44.8 in local prisons)Most of the inmates could have prevented their stay if they were provided help for their illness , however they were not and they still have to serve their sentence. The inmates are abused daily by other inmates and even officers in charge.They cannot help they have an illness and its unfair they have to suffer a punishment worse than they already have.They are tourmented and the abuse does not help, the aggitation can even make the situation worse.The treatment available in the jails is poor quality if there is any at all.They are given harsh punishments or even get their sentences extended. Many people go about their lives not knowing they have a mental illness.Some like illnesses like anxiety and panic disorders are easily spotted,some are not. If they are not talked about you would never know that the person was diagnosed with anything.Some commonly known illnesses would be : ADD/ADHD(Attention Deficit Hyper Activity Disorder), OCD (Obsessive Compulsive Disorder),PTSD(Post Traumatic Stress Disorder),Autism, Depression ,and eating disorders like bulima and anorexia. The lesser known illnesses include : SAD (Seasonal Affective Disorder) Schizophrenia ,Bipolar and personality disorders. There is also a increase in dual-diagnosis , in which the person is diagnosed
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