The New Asylum Essay

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Section 1 The Frontline episode “The New Asylums”, dove into the crisis mentally ill inmates face in the psychiatric ward in Ohio state prisons. The episode shows us the conditions and every day lives of mentally ill patients in Ohio state prisons, and explains how these inmates got to this point. It appeared that most of these prisoners should have been patients in an institute of some sort, out in society, but unfortunately due to whatever circumstances they ended up in prison. According to the episode, most of the inmates end up in prison due to them not coping with the outside world on their own. Prior to becoming imprisoned, the inmates had difficulties dealing with the outside world. Mainly due to lack of necessary …show more content…
If I’m not mistaken he is in a high security setting. There are a few family members that have the ability to visit him. The stories they tell us about what he says that happens inside the prison are quite similar to those in the Frontline episode. Perhaps that is why I felt so close to their struggle.

Section 3

The article Prison Segregation: administrative mental detention remedy or mental health problem, reports the outcome of prison segregation in mentally ill inmates. The article goes into the the levels of segregation (administrative detention, disciplinary segregation and protective custody), and how they affect their illness. Mainly the article discusses the first two levels of segregation. Mostly due to the fact that protective custody was not as practiced as the prior two. The study showed that mentally ill inmates suffered from major distress, the more severe the punishments were while in segregation. In the episode, it is clear that the inmates are very unhappy while segregated. The convey their feelings of being lost and not being able to control their thoughts. The article goes into how the higher levels of distress caused by more intense punishment while segregated, causes them to have difficulties integrating back into the general inmate population. The study indicates that it would be of benefit to both the inmates and the overall running of the prison system, to lessen the