The Prevalence Of Mental Disorders Among Prisoners

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Have you ever been in a correctional institution? We bet most of you would say no. It’s a place where most of us never wish to visit because we all have a pre-existing mind-set that it’s a bad place, where people who violated against the law are being detained as a form of punishment. In line with this, we can say that prisoners are somehow a neglected part of the society. An average individual may care a little about someone who has been convicted of a crime and most of the time there is no vast concern about their health conditions (Hausman). Dr. Kuper reports that the prevalence of mental disorders among prisoners is at least five times the rate in the general population (Kupers, 1999). There are a lot of factors that affect their health like harsh prison environment, lack of contact from loved ones, post-traumatic stress disorder etc. which can cause them to experience breakdowns and even commit suicide.
Having known this situation, we came up with the idea of affecting a prisoner’s life in a positive way. It has been known that animals have a therapeutic effect on human beings. Most people with pets would even regard their pet as a part of their family (Risley-Curtiss C, 2006). We will be introducing the Pups in Prison program at the Mt. Eden Correctional Institution where inmates will be able to train an assistance dog giving them an opportunity to give back to the society they have offended.
At the present time this program is performed in various countries such as
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