Monday, August 04, 2008

Ah, to be old, mentally ill, and in prison...

In the Trenches: AJA Seminar Highlights | News | Correctional News

With mentally ill inmates taking up prison cells and hospitals facing bed-space shortages, mental health in prison and jail populations continues to be a major issue for corrections officials in terms of overcrowding, staffing, safety and security and recidivism.

More than 10 million adults are booked into U.S. jails each year and a recent Bureau of Justice Statistics study reported that an estimated 64 percent of local jail inmates have mental health issues.

The suicide rate among mentally ill inmates is double the rate of the general population, and the study reported that significant amounts of mentally ill jail inmates do not receive treatment during incarceration, while only 17 percent receive post-release treatment.

This deserves some thought and comment, but I'm off to work.

Maybe later.

No comments:

Post a Comment