Imprisonment! Who would like to be imprisoned, especially for so long? Just the name Imprisonment has been so powerful that it brings shame and emotional stress to individual, family and society. The same applies to mental illness. According to USA TODAY in “Cost of not caring: Stigma set in stone,” health care policy has made mental illness a shameful disease by limiting health care coverage that psychiatric patients get.
The riots that the prisoners from both The Reeves and Attica case started captured a lot of peoples attentions, but they did not provoke any changes to be made in the prisons. Because the riot was an act of violence rather than a non violent protest, many officials didn 't want to change or essentially reward the prisoners for their harmful deeds (Casella & Ridgeway, 2013). But over time prisons have become more accommodating to the needs of the prisoners. The current medical care for prisoners says that treatment should be adequate. Health care should be given to make the prisoner comfortable, but not to prolong their life or cure their illnesses.
Therefore, Solitary confinement causes permanent harm to prisoner mental health. Everyone who ever been in solitary confinement come out with personality disorder. While being in solitary confinement, prisoners develop anxiety, depression, fear, irrational anger, suicidal ideation, social withdrawal, and mood swings. Prisoners can be murders but they don’t deserve to be tortured by putting them in a solitary confinement. Solitary confinement supposedly to be correct prisoner’s behavior, but what they don’t realize is they aren’t correcting but making it worse.
Imagine society blamed people for being diagnosed with illnesses such as cancer, claiming that it was their choices in life which led to such an awful disease, making them feel guilty of a situation that was in no way deserved by them. This happens constantly to victims of mental illness, adding the burden of shame to an already dreadful illness. Considering the shocking statistic that one in four will experience some kind of mental health problem in the course of a year in the UK , why is it that we hardly hear of people suffering? Why is it that a cloud of judgment and misunderstanding still surrounds the subject? People with a mental disorder or with a history of mental health issues are continually ostracized by society, resulting in it being even more difficult for the mentally ill to admit their symptoms to others and to seek treatment.
Not be able to get them to stop so frustration sets in. There are many cases where young parents are so overwhelmed and are exhausted and they just click and start to take there anger out of there babies. Yes, Travis is an old friend of mine, but I believe that he should serve his life in prison for killing his girlfriend baby. I know people think it sick that young parents beat there children to death out of frustration, but you have to think of what is going on in the situation. Babies can be very overwhelming and make you go crazy.
Society as a whole has an ethical and moral obligation to help the mentally ill. Americans waste millions and billions to build parks, attractions and so on but very little is put to help those in most need. Mentally ill people shouldn’t be punish over and over again because the outcome of this is not to rehabilitate them, we do more by treating them outside these facilities and taking care of them every day to help them function in society. Seven thousands of people are released of prison and half of them are mentally ill as the video mentions, what are we doing with this half? And 1 out of 50 get involved in a home, shelter or program that helps them function, I mean can that number be any lower 1 out of 50. The non-institutionalized system has gone way too far by completely abandoning these people and leaving them on their own and basically punishing them for something society should be held part responsible as well, since is our responsibility to create places for them to prioritize our psychiatric hospitals and mental health centers.
Also, if you are going to jail because you have killed someone and you are not fully mentally stable then you have a low chance of getting better. You might become more distraught and spiteful. Capital punishment is kinder because the prisoner dies the person that they are and with the choices that they have made. If they are given the time to sit in jail they become more angry with themselves and maybe even physically worn down. They let themselves become a more angry person.
Jon De Morales, director of California 's Atascadero State Hospital, said, "There are criminals who happen to exhibit symptoms of a mental disorder, [and] there are mentally ill people who happen to have committed crimes. They all end up in the same place". Today thousands of individuals are unable to pursue a life after treatment due to society 's views on mental illness. Our society is unaware by the troubling facts about mental illness and are incapable to accept individuals who are mentally ill and committed crimes due to their disorder. Therefore, with certain treatment options in psychiatric hospitals will help ensure proper care so these individuals can be released into society without harming others.
These social stigmas increase the fear and shame in people who may be dealing with mental illness and soon develop into self stigmas such as: “I’m crazy” and “I can’t be helped.” Behaviors such as these reinforce the negative stereotypes that bombard society. Gaining an understanding of why there is a stigma, how inaccurate stereotypes are debilitating to the function of those with mental illnesses, and how recognizing social and self-stigma surrounding mental illness will be the first steps to eradicate this problem. People with mental disorders or illnesses are far more likely to be victims than perpetrators of crimes. However in newspapers and during media coverage violent criminals are often labeled psychos, maniacs, or schizophrenics. Media, television, and music often dramatize and portray people with mental illnesses inaccurately (Polatis.)
When McMurphy, a spirited character arrives at the ward he begins to question the humility of the hospital, his criticisms of the hospital spark a rebellion amongst the other patients. McMurphy teaches the others to think and speak as individuals and to be themselves despite others judgements. As Nurse Ratched sees the usually powerless patients find power in numbers she decides their leader, McMurphy must be eliminated if she wants to maintain control. She eventually has McMurphy lobotomized leaving him in a vegetable state. In the end Chief runs away from the hospital deciding to no longer live his life under the oppressive rule of doctors and nurses.