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Thursday, July 23, 2015

Time for a Change in Doing Time?


In their review of The Growth of Incarceration in the United States: Causes and Consequences, April Bradley and Beth Kliethermes cite the startling statistic that around 75% of inmates in the United States have a mental disorder.  These include depression (23%), psychotic disorders (15%), and mania (43%) (para. 3).  Not surprisingly, these inmates have a greater likelihood of misconduct in prison.  What should be done to address this grievous situation?

Read the Review
ReviewCriminalizing Our Community
By April R. Bradley and Beth C. Kliethermes
      PsycCRITIQUES, 2015 Vol 60(28)


Fred Frese

Regarding Fred Heide's question in 'Ciminalizing our Community', - "What should be done to address this grievous situation?", I suggest that we get behind our fellow psychologist, Rep. Tim Murphy's (R-PA 18)HB 2426 in the U.S. House of Representatives. The bill, Helping Families in Mental Health Crisis Act, currently has 79 co-sponsors (from both parties), and it goes a long way toward de-criminalizing mental illness.

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