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02/08/2017

Review of "Hell is A Very Small Place," (February 7th)

If you listened, or not, to my December 19th interview with Jean Casella (see below), one of the three editors of, "Hell is a Very Small Place, Voices from Solitary Confinement," here is my review of the work: http://thehealthcareblog.com/blog/2017/02/07/hell-is-a-very-small-place.

The essay begins with: 

It is well recognized that over the past several decades US prisons and jails have become the nation's largest inpatient psychiatric hospitals.  This is not surprising when you realize the majority of the US correctional population, the largest in the world at well over two million, suffers from mental illness.  Leaving aside the question of whether it is appropriate to incarcerate the mentally ill, at least those with serious mental illness, how we choose to treat a significant percent of mentally ill inmates is to place them in solitary confinement.  This means how we treat a significant percent of the mentally ill in this country is to torture them. 

 

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