Tuesday, August 31, 2021

31 Aug 2021 Disability and Incarceration

A Black man with white hair stands in a jail cell with his hands outside the bars. He has tatoos on his forearms. His hands are relaxed and his shoulders are down. To me, he appears despondent.

I chose a picture of a Black man because people of color are disproportionally arrested and incarcerated compared to white people. Over half of people in US prisons are mentally ill. See links below.

Photo by RODNAE Productions from Pexels

 History of Psychiatric Hospitals


America's Long-Suffering Mental Health System


Improving mental health for inmates

Using a variety of new strategies, psychologists in correctional settings are transforming care for people in prisons and jails


Fact Sheet: Incarceration and Mental Health


Serious Mental Illness Prevalence in Jails and Prisons


Yes, U.S. locks people up at a higher rate than any other country


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