Should Inmates Offenders Be Treated? Prisons And Prisons?

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There has been an concern with mental health professionals about the increasing number of mentally disordered inmates in jails and prisons. There are approximately 356,000 inmates in jails and state prisons with mental illnesses (Torrey, Zdanowicz, & Kennard, 2014). Many researchers are debating if mentally disordered inmates should be treated in prisons and jails, or if they are not equipped to care for them at all. While jails tend to house inmates sentenced with short terms, prisons house convicted and sentenced offenders serving more than 1 year. With the longer time of incarceration, prisons provide more of an opportunity for inmates to receive mental health assessments, diagnosis, and treatment (James & Glaze, 2006). It is crucial…show more content…
When dealing with the mentally ill, those solutions aren 't necessarily the best. In 2014, reporters Michael Winerip and Michael Schwirtz did a study on the brutality on mentally ill inmates in Rikers Island. For their study, they interviewed current and former inmates, correction officers and mental health clinicians at the jail, and they also reviewed hundreds of pages of legal, investigative and jail records. According to Winetrip and Scwirtz (2014) injuries suffered by the inmates were crucial and about 77 percent of those severely injured were diagnosed with a mental illness. In addition to that discovery, 80 percent of those cases were reported being cased by corrections officers. Unfortunately, those cases haven 't been brought up on formal administrative charges. According to Ridgeway and Casella (2011) jails and prisons possess risk factors when incarcerating the mentally ill, such as; suicides, victimization, attacks on staff, and worsening of symptoms. The chance of this happening greatly rises when a severely mentally ill offender in jail or prison abuses substances, or is aggressive. Some refuse treatment altogether, they usually are unaware of their illness and the potential danger attached to the worsening of symptoms. In 1990 Washington v. Harper case, for example, Harper was a inmate in the Washington state penal system who was receiving psychiatric treatment. When he stopped taking his medication he
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