You can send money by phone using your credit or debit card. Sign up for our weekly newsletter Submit. He said the Geoghan killing might be a case in point. If other prisoner-responsive quality control mechanisms are not available, we also recommend the creation of an impartial external entity within individual prisons or system-wide staffed with persons with mental health expertise to evaluate prisoner complaints regarding mental health care and treatment.
At about the same time, national attitudes toward those who committed street crime - who are overwhelmingly the country's poorest - changed markedly. States and counties should increase the number of programs providing housing and assisted living facilities for newly released prisoners with mental illness.
Today's mental health care system is a patchwork relic - the result of disjointed reforms and policies. Nationwide, nonviolent offenders account for 72 percent of all new state prison admissions. In New York State, women who are seriously mentally ill must be confined at Bedford Hills Correctional Facility, a maximum-security prison, even if their security level is minimum or medium, because it is the only prison for women in the state with intensive mental health services.
Kanner, who directs the county's sexually violent predator program, described civil commitment, and the treatment available, as a "gift," an opportunity for sexual offenders to "make some serious and heartfelt, deep-seated changes in their personalities to live a law-abiding life and not victimize people.
But doing time in prison is particularly difficult for prisoners with mental illness that impairs their thinking, emotional responses, and ability to cope. I was jumped and assaulted by correctional officers, and was left unattended to by the mental health staff.
About 70 to 77 percent of people diagnosed with this disorder are women.
It's the Florida Civil Commitment Center, home to men whom the state fears could molest, assault or rape again if released. Providing mental health services to incarcerated offenders is frustrated by lack of resources. Depending on the quality of the facility in which mentally ill offenders are confined, prison may be less dangerous, less chaotic, less troubling than, for example, life as a homeless person on the street or as a misfit living on the fringe of society.
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