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The Mentally Ill with in the Prison System

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Team “
A

Survey


Is the treatment in the prisons appropriate for the mentally ill inmates?
Yes or No
Can prisons guards identify mental illnesses?
Yes or No
Do you know anyone in prison with a mental illness disorder?
Yes or No
Do you know anyone with a mental illness who has committed a crime?
Yes or No
Do you know someone with a mental illness that came out of prison with their condition worse?
Yes or No


Jail Superintendent Speaks about Mentally Ill
Mental Illnesses
Justifiably Study
It is important to understand a person's mental state when that person is under investigation for a crime.

It is important to know how to care for a mentally ill prisoner.

Prison staff should have the proper training to know how to treat and interact with mentally ill prisoners.

The prisons are overcrowded because of the population of mentally ill inmates.
By:
Brenda Upsey
Sahyou Cole
Shalesa Coleman
Bipolar
Team
"A"
Proposal

How can we solve mental illness with in the prison system?
The Mentally Ill with in the Prison System
Is the treatment in the prisons appropriate for the mentally ill
Question 1
Out of 100 participants 79 say that the prison system prove inadequated health care to the mentally ill
QUESTION 2

Can prison guards identify mentally illnesses?

Out of 100 participants 60 say that prison guard can not identify mental illness disorder.
Question 3

Do you know anyone with a mental illness disorder?
Out of 100 participants 59 know someone with a mental illness disorder.
Question 4
Do you know anyone with a mental illness who has committed a crime?
Out of 100 participants 53 people know someone with a mental illness who has committed a crime.
Question 5
Do you know someone with a mental illness that came out of prison with their condition worse?
Out of 100 participants 79 do not know someone that was incarcerated with mental illness and their condition was worse.

705,600 mentally ill incarcerated in state prisons
72.800 mentally ill in federal prisons
Emotional Disorder
Schizophrenia
Psychotic Disorder
Mental illnesses are a medical conditions that disrupt the thinking, emotions, and the ability to relate to others.
Yes
21
No 79
Yes 40
No 60
Yes 41
No 59
Yes 53
No 47
Yes 21
No 79
Graph of Survey Results
http://www.cbsnews.com/news/patients-as-prisoners-jails-new-mental-health-institutions/
http://video.pbs.org/video/2365029197/

How to
Help
the Prison system

Support from the government and state
Training for the prison staff
Programs inside and when the prisoner is released
Facilities that will house and treat the mentally ill
Introduction
Today there are more mentally ill people in prison or jail than in a mental institute. There are concerns about why the criminal justice system locks away mentally ill people, not giving them adequate treatment, and then release them back into society to commit more crimes. Our criminal justice system is used as a mental health hospital. The criminal justice system was design to incarcerate criminals who have committed a crime. In a 2006 Special Report, the Bureau of Justice Statistic (BJS) estimated that 705.600 mentally ill adults were incarcerated in State prisons, 72.800 in Federal prisons and 479.900 in local jails (Prins and Draper, 2009). The number for mentally ill incarcerated continue to grow and it is now an issue for our criminal justice system. Many mental institutes have closed their doors and because of that the criminal justice system is left to deal with the mentally ill.
Hypothesis

The prison system was designed to lock up and punish criminal. Now they are responsible for treating mentally ill prisoners and do not have the means to treat them correctly. Putting many of them behind bars is causing the prisons to become overcrowded.



How can we solve mental illness within the prison system?
Understanding mental health illness in the criminal justice system.
TOPIC


http://www.treatmentadvocacycenter.org/about-us/our-blog/69-no-state/2228-jail-is-no-place-for-the-mentally-ill

References
Background Literature
The following are questions to be considered:

• Are all individuals who are diagnosed with a mental illness violent or dangerous?
• Should the mental health disposition be sought as an alternative to prosecution?
• If chosen as an alternative, what should the punishment be? What circumstances should be taken into consideration when sentencing someone with a mental illness?
• Is violent behavior in mental patients partly a function of the high-crime neighborhoods they often reside in, not of the mental illnesses themselves?
• Does the gender of an individual who is diagnosed with a mental illness affect the potentiality for higher or lower crime?


Why This Study is Important

This study is important because the mentally ill have received poor treatment while incarcerated. The criminal justice system need to understand what is mental illness disorder and how can mental illness be treated. The prison system need to know what type of treatment is adequate to help the mentally ill and is prison the right place. There are a high percentage of mentally ill people incarcerated in the prison system. Because of mentally ill the prison population is overcrowded. Because of Inadequate treatment while in prison the mentally ill are at risk to return to prison, cause harm to themselves and others, cause the most serious incident, and will continue to commit crime because poor treatment while incarcerated.


The study of mental health illness and the criminal justice field could be justified based on that fact alone, if a person’s mental health has come under question in turn that person will lose credibility and become unreliable and could be considered a danger for the persons trying the case. This study is justified based on the simple fact that one question of a person’s mental health could undercut the entire works and progress of the trial. Based on a person’s mental health is one of, if not the most important aspect, an underlying component of any process within the criminal justice system.

In conclusion, the connection with the criminal justice system and the mentally ill has not started with an informal bond, but is the outcome because of inadequate treatment, lack of medication, not being monitor properly, and a prison system that not design to treat or house the mentally ill. Because of this reason many mentally ill people continue to commit crimes because of their illness, so many problems stem from mental health illness when brought against the criminal justice system. Furthermore, many questions are brought up about the sentencing and what kind of punishment an individual with a mental illness should receive and what is considered just for an individual with a mental illness. Certain laws are in place for people with a mental illness that commits a crime but some individuals who do have a mental illness are still convicted and fall through the loop holes of the criminal justice system. In conclusion the criminal justice system need to have training and understand what is the cause of mental illness. They need to know how to deal with the mentally ill and also how to protect themselves and others. If the mentally ill have the proper treatment, medication, and sometime monitor they can function in society. The government needs to come up with the funds, a program to help the criminal justice system with the mentally ill.







EXAMPLES:


conundrums and controveries in mental health illness.winter 2010
cpnp.org/resource
mhc/2012/02/mental-illness-and-criminal-justice-system-where-are-we-now
Prins and Draper 2000
www.bjs.gov
www.cbsnews.com
www.gainscenter.samhsa.gov
www.npr.org
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