Crazy in America: The Hidden Tragedy of Our Criminalized Mentally Ill by Mary Beth PfeifferCrazy in America shows how people suffering from schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, clinical depression, and other serious psychological illnesses are regularly incarcerated because alternative care is not available. Once behind bars, they are frequently punished again for behavior that is psychotic, not criminal. A compelling and important examination of a shocking human rights abuse in our midst, Crazy in America is an indictment of a society that incarcerates its weakest and most vulnerable citizens — causing them to emerge sicker and more damaged.
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I know what make me paranoid and what don't, you know. If I get paranoid, I just go somewhere and think it out. I handle it pretty good. As he speaks, however, Benny has been on his medication and in treatment. What happens when he stops is another story. It's the story of the cyclical incarcerations afflicting severely mentally ill convicts. Here, they also shot The New Asylums , documenting the use of state prisons to hold the severely mentally ill following the closing of state mental hospitals in the late s.
We encourage you to view the entire video and explore the entire web site. The report explains:. Fewer than 55, Americans currently receive treatment in psychiatric hospitals. Meanwhile, almost 10 times that number -- nearly , -- mentally ill men and women are serving time in U. Why are so many mentally ill behind bars? Who's to blame? What can I do as a citizen?
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The desperate and the dead: prisons. By The Spotlight team. - A lot of thoughts and observations come to mind while watching The New Asylums. This is a documentary about life in prison for people who have mental diseases, so some of the thoughts and observations are actually quite sad.
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