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Mental Health

Submitted by smomalley on Thu, 10/24/2019 - 17:54

For my thesis I am writing about the treatment of mental health in prisons in America. America has a mass incarceration issue and I am arguing that proper mental health treatment in and out of prison would reduce the amount of inmantes and reduce re-incarceration rates. About thirty percent of prisoners have a serious mental illness that may or may not be treatment while in prison, but contributed to their arrest. The prison healthcare system is not universal across the country. Even federal prisons have varying levels of treatment they offer. Many prisons are understaffed and under resourced to provide acurate treatment. Other prisons neglected to adopt Obama's prison reform plans, and do not keep record of prisoner's psychiatric records, which makes proper treatment impossible. In my thesis I argue that proper treatment and transition programs back into society with adequate resources such as councelors and treatment facilities, would reduce the recidivism rate in the United States.