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Mental health care in prison is mostly a pill in a paper cup. Ms. Cooper herself was briefly on antidepressants, she told her sister. No one mandated follow-up treatment for “re-entry,” an apt term considering how much it must feel like dropping from outer space. “Nobody helps because people don’t see us as human beings,” Ms. Cooper said.
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The private prison companies, well-known for profiting off of incarceration and crime, is now saying that the state’s they have contracted with aren’t keeping up their end of the bargain. The private prisons rely on a certain number of inmates for free and virtually-free slave labor. That labor is used for a variety of trades, including making uniforms for popular restaurants like McDonalds and Applebee’s. But if the private prisons don’t have enough inmates locked up then production goes down .
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Witkowski would not say Berrien County has become completely trauma-focused but she believes the shift in training has moved the culture in that direction. “It’s helped the staff become more empathic with what the kid has lived through,” she says. “They try to respond to the kid in an empathic way rather than a directive way. It’s not just, ‘Do it because I said so.’ We’re trying to get the staff to understand that the kid is reacting to them based on previous experience and events.”
Incarceration of Indigenous women spikes in past year
There's been a significant spike in the number of Indigenous women locked up in Australia over the last year. Bureau of Statistics figures show that 18 per cent more Indigenous women were incarcerated over the past 12 months. The Human Rights Law Centre says Indigenous women are already over-represented in the prison population, and that Federal Government budget cuts will make the problem even worse.
Bedlam Behind Bars US. Panorama UK HD 1080i 07/07/2014 - YouTube BBC Panorama programme showed a documentary about the conditions of prisoners with mental health problems in US prisons. They interviewed the manager of Cook County prison, a punishment factory in itself with app 10 000 inmates who stated that mental health had been criminalised but refuted that incidents of malpractice and torture within his jail were tackled leniently or that the conditions weren't as awful as claimed.