The federal government reports that more than 50% of those incarcerated in the United States today have a mental illness. But living with mental illness makes him 12 times more likely to be a victim of a violent crime than a perpetrator. This is a serious contradiction and worth noting.
Most studies conducted have found that people with severe mental illness, such as schizophrenia and bipolar depression, are generally more likely to be imprisoned than social determinants of health as likely to develop mental illness. These include, among others, employment opportunities, education, poverty, family stability and lack of access to basic health care. . But there is also another problem. It has to do with the social response to mental illness, both in our neighborhoods and in our justice system. I will report you. Even if the person at risk is not breaking the law. And when law enforcement is involved as a result of our actions, their access to mental health care is reduced and their ability to understand and comply with the norms of the correctional system is most strained. Even psychiatric patients have served twice as many prison terms as the general population. At worst, those sentences were nearly four times longer than hers.
The mental health bell, forged from the chains that once bound people to the wall of asylum in the years after World War II, stands today as an international symbol of mental health. It appears that the chains and shackles have simply been replaced with locks and sticks.