Mental Illness in Prisons

Mental Illness in - 1 Mental Illness in The Prisons Final Paper Mental Illness in Prisons Shaunee Roseborough CJS 313 CJS-313 Punishments and

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1 Mental Illness in The Prisons Final Paper Mental Illness in Prisons Shaunee Roseborough CJS 313 CJS-313 Punishments and Corrections/Final Paper Professor John Caceci August 27, 2010
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2 Mental Illness in The Prisons Final Paper Mental Illness is an issue that many prisons throughout the country are dealing with. If an individual enter into the prison system with a mental illness it is important that it is recognized and treated appropriately. “Anywhere from 200,000 to 300,000 male and female prison inmates suffer from mental disorders such as schizophrenia, bipolar disorder and major depression” (Granatstein, S., 2007). If mental illness isn’t treated while incarcerated it can turn into a situation such as the one involving the late Timothy Souders. Timothy Souders is an inmate that suffered from a mental illness that was sentenced to serve 3-5 years in prison. As a result of Southern Michigan Correctional Facility did not properly treat Souder’s mental illness and he unfortunately died. In this essay the writer will discuss the death of Timothy Souders and what could have been done differently by the correctional facility staff. Also with the high rate in which mental illness is increasing in prisons the writer will discuss Mental Health Courts which is an option that can be presented to an individual with a mental illness before incarceration is considered. The writer will also discuss different ways in which mentally ill inmates should be treated while incarcerated. By correction officers being the individuals having the most contact with inmates with mental illnesses the writer will discuss how working with inmates with mental illness can cause burnout and how it is also important for them to receive proper trainings and tools to do so. In some cases incarceration may not be the answer for an individual with a mental illness and the writer will discuss different alternatives for such individuals. Timothy Souders suffered from manic depression, a mental illness that turned deadly in Souders case due to the lack of treatment that was given to him while in solitary confinement. Souders death was unfortunate, however fortunately it was recorded so that this type of
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3 Mental Illness in The Prisons Final Paper maltreatment was exposed and the individuals involved were exposed. Souders was placed in solitary confinement for not obeying prison rules; he was placed in chains on a concrete bed for duration of 17 hours at time. The correctional facility called this a top of bed restraint and the director of the prison Patricia Caruso said that “people are removed from restraints at a maximum of every two hours” (Granatstein, S., 2007). This was obviously proven to be untrue when the 24 hour recording of Souders death was produced. The entire situation with Souders was inappropriately handled from the start all the way to his death. Mental illnesses have become so prevalent that it was necessary to form Mental
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This note was uploaded on 10/23/2010 for the course CJS 313 taught by Professor Walker during the Spring '10 term at Keuka.

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Mental Illness in - 1 Mental Illness in The Prisons Final Paper Mental Illness in Prisons Shaunee Roseborough CJS 313 CJS-313 Punishments and

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