CRIMINALS NEED MENTAL HEALTH CARE Ä PSYCHIATRIC TREATMENT IS FAR BETTER THAN IMPRISONMENT FOR REDUCING RECIVIDISM


Scientific American Mind Volume 25, Issue 2

Criminals Need Mental Health Care

Psychiatric treatment is far better than imprisonment for reducing recidivism
Mar 1, 2014 |By Robert Byron

Although some prisons do have programs such as group therapy sessions that are intended to treat mental disorders, these interventions are largely unsuccessful.MARMADUKE ST. JOHN Alamy
Despite what you see on television, a verdict of “not guilty by reason of insanity” is exceedingly rare. Most defendants with mental illnesses end up incarcerated—studies reveal that fully half of all prisoners have at least one mental disorder. That is one million people in the U.S. alone, and the prison system does very little to successfully treat them. As a result, the recidivism rate among released convicts is especially high for those wi

th serious disorders….
http://www.scientificamerican.com/article/criminals-need-mental-health-care/

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