Psychiatry Under the Shadow of White Supremacy


From Nature: “In her final chapters, Segrest examines how, when such hospitals began to close in the 1980s, penal institutions took their place. As welfare programmes were starved, the US prison population spiked, with people of colour and people with mental illness disproportionately incarcerated. Today, 90% of US psychiatric-care beds are in jails and prisons. Psychiatry will not be able to escape ‘the afterlife of slavery’, she argues, until it confronts its culpability in mass incarceration.”


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