Prison Madness: The Mental Health Crisis Behind Bars and What We Must Do About It / Edition 1

Prison Madness: The Mental Health Crisis Behind Bars and What We Must Do About It / Edition 1

by Terry Kupers
     
 

ISBN-10: 0787943614

ISBN-13: 9780787943615

Pub. Date: 02/05/1999

Publisher: Wiley

VIOLENCE. BRUTALITY. RAPE. OVERCROWDING. ISOLATION.DEPRESSION. SCHIZOPHRENIA. DELUSIONS. HALLUCINATIONS. SUICIDE.PRISON MADNESSOur correctional facilities have become inadequate and ill-prepared psychiatric wards-the largest purveyors of mental health services in the United States today. This country's correctional system houses well over a quarter of a million men

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VIOLENCE. BRUTALITY. RAPE. OVERCROWDING. ISOLATION.DEPRESSION. SCHIZOPHRENIA. DELUSIONS. HALLUCINATIONS. SUICIDE.PRISON MADNESSOur correctional facilities have become inadequate and ill-prepared psychiatric wards-the largest purveyors of mental health services in the United States today. This country's correctional system houses well over a quarter of a million men and women who require mental health treatment. An unprecedented number of prisoners enter the system already in need of psychiatric attention, and countless others suffer emotional breakdowns inside as a result of the brutal, cruel, and inhumane treatment experienced behind bars.In prison, these men and women are subjected to ridicule, abuse, and punitive policies that worsen their psychiatric disorders and exacerbate an already explosive situation. Without adequate treatment, many wind up in punitive solitary confinement or subjecting themselves to a self-imposed isolation in their own cells-where their condition deteriorates. The result is a major hazard, not only to the prison population and their caretakers, but once released, these brutalized and broken individuals constitute a real and documented threat to our communities.Terry Kupers, an expert in the field of forensic psychiatry, not only exposes the sad fact that prisons, by design, fail miserably to correct, he also offers a prescription, A CALL TO ACTION for immediate prison reform. Kupers outlines successful programs throughout the United States and the world and makes practical recommAndations, including guidelines for the upgrade and revitalization of rehabilitation programs and the development of comprehensive mental health services.Kupers' passionate plea will empower judges, lawmakers, mental health practitioners, and citizens to use their influence to put an And to prison crowding and STOP sAnding nonviolent and mentally disordered felons onto prison yards with murderers and rapists. Prison Madness signals a gro

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780787943615
Publisher:
Wiley
Publication date:
02/05/1999
Edition description:
1 ED
Pages:
336
Sales rank:
872,605
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.10(h) x 1.10(d)

Table of Contents

Foreword ix

Preface xv

Acknowledgments xxxi

Introduction 1

Part I: The Mental Health Crisis

1. The Mentally Ill Behind Bars 9

2. Why So Many Prisoners Develop Mental Disorder 39

3. The Failure of Current Mental Health Programs 65

Part II: What Goes on Behind Bars

4. Racism: A Mental Health Hazard 93

5. Special Programs for Women 113

6. Rape and Posttraumatic Stress Disorder 137

7. Lack of Contact with Loved Ones 157

8. Prison Suicide 175

Part III: An Immodest Proposal

9. The Possibilities and Limits of Litigation 193

10. Recommendations for Treatment and Rehabilitation 217

11. The Folly of Law and Order 257

Endnotes 275

For Further Reading 287

About the Author 291

Index 293

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