Have American jails become the inferior replacement for mental hospitals?

“A new study reveals that 10 times as many people with serious mental illnesses are in jails as state hospitals” This article by Mathew Rozsa has been published in Salon. It begins: “ London’s Bedlam psychiatric hospital  is infamous today for how its staff brutally…
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Silent Cells: The Secret Drugging of Captive America

Little discussed, there is another aspect to the issues surrounding psychotropic drugs. It concerns the use of such drugs, not for psychiatric reasons, but simply to keep more-or-less captive sections of society – e.g. prisoners and those in care homes,…
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Why the UK needs a separate justice system for people with mental illness

Writing for The Conversation , Karen Snedker (Academic Visitor, Centre for Socio-Legal Studies, University of Oxford ) says: “ Severe mental illness is on the rise in the UK, and an increasing number of people with mental illness are behind bars and supported by inadequate…
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Pennsylvania’s Mentally Ill Spend Years in Jail Without Trial or Treatment

The article cited below comes from The Daily Beast and is written by Christopher Moraff. Although set within a US-context and in relation to one particular US-state, it also has relevance to similar issues within many other countries concerning mental ill-health and prison/judicial…
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