The Treatment Of The Mentally Ill

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We can no longer ignore this on-going age old problem of dealing with the mentally ill by hiding those plagued, away in a prison cell to be forgotten. Despite the success of Dorothea Dix in solving the problems with adverse conditions in the prison system, we have come full circle and are currently back where we started over a century ago. There has been so much focus put on housing the mentally ill, we have all but forgotten about any type of treatment plans to help the overall growing problem. The handling of the mentally ill in the prison system was on a collision course with the Court. Most of the prison systems have one time or another violated prisoners’ rights under the 8th amendment, cruel and unusual punishment. According to Mills, Romano, & Steinburg, of the Stafford Law School (2015), California’s correctional facility is one of the most overcrowded prisons in the United States with over 50% of its inmates with a mental illness because of the three strikes sentencing law. This serious problem spawned Proposition 36, in 2012 to help combat with prison overcrowding. Proposition 36 afforded an opportunity for those sentenced for life under the habitual felon “Three Strikes Law” to have a second chance and apply for early release. This program has helped release over 1700 prisoners to date, with a very low recidivism rate, however, has done virtually nothing for the mentally ill (Mills, Romano, & Steinburg, 2015). Because mentally ill inmates have more disciplinary
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