Mental Health Issues in Prison
Westwood College School of Justice
According to the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime Handbook on Prisoners with Special Needs, part of the Criminal Justice Handbook Series, all inmates run the risk to mental health issues, given that their freedom is limited and their lives are controlled by another individual or a group of people in authority, who in many cases abuse their power and create a rather intense environment for prisoners (2009, p.4). However, the physical and mental health of incarcerated people is threatened by prison conditions as well, in a large majority of countries over the globe, mostly due to poor physical conditions, overcrowding, lack or inadequacy of health care, absence of a sufficient amount of activities within the prison’s facilities, and violence, among others (Handbook on Prisoners with Mental Health, 2009 p.4). This paper will focus on the mental health problems caused to inmates, due to imprisonment and solitary confinement and to what extend can the high rates of suicides within correctional facilities are a direct outcome of the mental health of inmates that is a condition pro-existing incarceration or of it had been generated within prisons. References
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