The Incarceration Of Mentally Ill Convicted Offenders Essay

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The sub topics I have discovered regarding the incarceration of mentally ill convicted offenders include the unequal opportunity to receive proper mental health care treatment in the U.S, the overrepresentation of mentally ill offenders in U.S jails and prisons and the innovation of mental health courts. Numerous studies have been done to identify if all Americans have equal opportunity to receive proper mental health care treatment, the findings from these studies indicate that all Americans, due to financial and structural barriers, do not have equal opportunities to receive proper mental health care treatment. (Burns, 2009) (Ojeda, Bergstress, 2008) (Zastrow, 2014) Numerous studies have also shown that mentally ill Americans are overrepresented in U.S jails and prisons. (Pustilnik, 2005) (Raphael, Stoll 2013) (Redlich, Summers, Hoover, 2010) (Skeem, Manchak, Peterson, 2011) Due to a failing mental health care system that has resulted in prisons and jails housing more mentally ill Americans than mental health care facilities, the innovation of mental health courts has come about. (Pustilnik, 2005) Mental health courts sentence mentally ill offenders to treatment plans rather than incarcerating them in jails and prisons. (Barak, 2007) Jonathan K. Burns (2009) emphasized the findings of a community survey that indicated that Americans do not have equal opportunity to receive proper mental health care treatment. (Burns, 2009) “A community survey in the US (a…

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