The extent of mental illness in jails and prisons is unknown because prison officials count only those prisoners who show gross psychotic or suicidal symptoms but kupers estimates that 10 to 20 of inmates are gravely ill and that many more suffer substantial but less serious conditions. Prison madness the mental health crisis behind bars and what we must do about it by terry a kupers md san francisco jossey bass 1999 289 pp 2500 this spellbinding exposition on mental illness in prisons. This analysis of the treatment of mentally ill inmates and specific prison conditions and practices argues that prisons are warehousing and mistreating large numbers of mentally ill people and that current prison policies are also traumatizing formerly normal prisoners and making them angry violent and vulnerable to severe emotional problems. Prison madness is an anecdotal descriptive account of life in prison and its impact on the psychological well being of prisoners for the general reader who is not well informed about prisons and mental illness this is a provocative introduction to the subject. Prison madness the mental health crisis behind bars and what we must do about it by kupers terry 1999 hardcover books amazonca
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