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Mental Illness in jails

Updated on April 29, 2014

jails and prisons should never be a house to mental illness . Thousands of mental patients are lockup daily for petty crimes and most jails just can't help. what is mental illness is a medical condition that disrupts a person mind ,that no one want but some are not as fortunate.

Some major illness are depressions,schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, panic disorder,post-traumatic stress disorder and a change in one behavior.These conditions control the way a person feels, think with mood swings that infer with their way or sense of reasoning.mental illness can effect any of us at any given time rich or poor old or young Black or white.

Joe a young man who was diagnosis with Bipolar2 at15 year old. Joe grew up in a good home and was from a honor-roll student When he told he had the illness his life changed.

He goes back and forward to jail for petty crimes.For ten years this young man life has lived a life being anger, with mood swings that suppress the way he thinks. Instead of sending him to jail for a parole violation, he should be send to a in house program that will educate him on the disease he have and help him cope.

What will jails do for the mental ill?


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      Maxine Daniels Foster 3 years ago from Boston MA

      Mental ill patients should never go to jail for petty crimes, they should be In-house in special facilities , that will help them cope with their illness. I have seen Patients incarnated in jail without supervisions from anyone. They go in serve their time and come out worst-er than they was before.......jada67

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      Brian Leekley 3 years ago from Kalamazoo, Michigan, USA

      This is certainly an important topic. I hope you will further develop this article.