How Many of the Mentally Ill are Really in Prisons, Exactly?

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1 Boring Old Man has written a series of posts examining some of the older and newer scientific literature about the number of people with mental disorders in prison populations, and finds himself questioning a lot of their methods.

transinstitutionalization? I… (1 Boring Old Man, December 17, 2014)

transinstitutionalization? II… (1 Boring Old Man, December 18, 2014)

transinstitutionalization? III… (1 Boring Old Man, December 19, 2014)

transinstitutionalization? IV… (1 Boring Old Man, December 20, 2014)

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9 COMMENTS

  1. The main problem is that it is circular thinking:
    a) many things are criminalized because they are bizarre not because they are dangerous. One should stop putting people away (to prisons but to mental institutions as well) for bs “crimes” and not complain about mentally ill being locked up in the wrong kind of hole
    b) a lot of DSM disorders are defined by criminal behaviour or “oppositional” attitudes so in many cases criminal = mentally ill by definition not because of any underlying medical problem but because we chose to redefine criminal behaviour as mentally ill

    • “b) a lot of DSM disorders are defined by criminal behaviour or “oppositional” attitudes so in many cases criminal = mentally ill by definition not because of any underlying medical problem but because we chose to redefine criminal behaviour as mentally ill”

      B, I agree with redefining criminal behavior not as mentally ill. If psychiatry had its way all of humanity would be considered mentally ill and there fore more to drug.

      • “If psychiatry had its way all of humanity would be considered mentally ill and there fore more to drug.”

        That is the case where I live. Every single person in my State is considered to have a mental illness by the definition in our Mental Health Act. Saves a whole bunch of problems for mental health workers when they want to lock someone up and drug them. Matter of degree, not kind that way. It then becomes a matter of separating out who poses the greatest risk to self or other. Anyone with a negligence claim against a doctor goes straight to the top of the list lol.

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