Video Analysis: The Released And The New Asylums

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Based on the video “The Released and The New Asylums” we watched in class mentally ill people are treated unfair and unjustly within the society, mental health system, and criminal justice system. They are groups of people who are classified as undesirable or someone who’s deviant. I do not understand why we decide to imprison the mentally ill people and wasting money in prisons instead of building an actual facility where they can be treated better. Where mentally ill will have help from people and take the medicine daily. But instead, the criminal justice system is just sending them out in the streets with two weeks’ worth of medicines and to follow up with a physician. How are they going to follow up with a physician if they have been in …show more content…
We have mentally ill in prisons because we rather spend money on increasing law enforcement, military, and corrections, but not have money to build facilities where they can be treated. Cost-shifting is one of the factors that criminalize mentally ill people. Even though every single prison has their own mental ill team, they don’t do a great job with treating mentally ill people. For example, in the video “The New Asylums” they showed this part where the group of mentally ill people was having therapy sections, but there were locked in this little cage. How can they help mentally ill people this way? Additionally, as a society, we label mentally ill people. They are labeled as dangerous and violent. This leads for people to feel fear towards them. Another example from the video “The Released” mentally ill people would be trespassing someone’s house and the first thing these people would do is call the police. They don’t help them because they feel fear, and that is just cruel. Once mentally ill people are back to society from prisons, people don’t help them because they are undesirable. These people don’t want anything to do with mentally ill instead they just want them to be …show more content…
In the section “psychiatry is a branch of the law and a secular religion rather than a science or therapy” Szasz is saying that psychiatrists are the ones who created mental illness. The psychiatrists confine and control the “deviant” so-called mentally ill people (p.38). Basically, in the two videos we see that mentally ill people are controlled by the state. There is no place for mentally ill people in society because they are different and out of the norms so they can’t be with the society, the only option is to lock them up. Mentally ill people are not locked up in mental health facilities because we don’t have enough in our society, that is why they are being imprisoned. Mental illness is a way for the state to keep authority. Moreover, psychiatry has colluded with the legal system to create the “therapeutic state” (p. 39). Therapeutic states are a system in which disapproved actions, thoughts, and emotions are repressed ("cured") through pseudomedical interventions. In these two videos, we can see how this is played out. The mentally ill people in prisons are always under control and have to take their medicines. If they don’t take their medicines or do what they are told to do it was always a problem because the swat team had to come by the prisons to make them. Whenever they are out of prison into the society, they always

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