Post Incarceration Syndrome (PICS)

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Overall, Post Incarceration Syndrome (PICS) is just one of the many mental health problems that comes as a result of traumatic experiences that have or will happen while incarcerated. Gorski (n.d.) also indicated that PICS is a contributing factor to the high rate of recidivism. This is why it is believed more should be done to prevent current and future offenders from suffering. Liem and Kunst (2013) believe that “recognizing the post-incarceration syndrome in the DSM-V as a subtype of PTSD may allow for more adequate recognition of the effects of incarceration” (p.337). In the next topic discussed we will be taking a look at the causes and effects that incarceration has on individuals’ mental health.
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