The New Asylums: Mentally Ill and Behind Bars
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- mass incarceration; mental illness; treatment advocacy center; prison population; Criminology and Criminal Justice; Medicine and Health; Social Control, Law, Crime, and Deviance
In the 1930s, barely one in 100 jail inmates had a serious mental illness. Today, the most conservative estimates are one in five jail inmates and even more of the prison population. With video, personal story and professional insight, Doris Fuller (Treatment Advocacy Center) discusses the role of mental illness in turning the U.S. into the world leader in incarceration and discusses practical measures to curb this trend.