Prisons and jails are not adequately equipped to manage the ever-growing population of mentally ill inmates. Despite deinstitutionalization efforts, prisons have steadily become the new psychiatric hospitals and unfortunately, because of the lack of treatment and the ability to properly supervise this population of inmates, these individuals are dying by their own hands at an alarming rate. This Note argues that the lack of proper care for mentally ill inmates is a violation of their constitutional right, despite their incarcerated status. The Department of Corrections and Community Supervision (DOCCS) should incorporate more concrete and universal rules and regulations for the care and treatment of these inmates to ensure that their constitutional rights are not being violated. Changes are necessary to protect their rights and more importantly, to keep them alive.
"Mental Health in Prison: The Unintended but Catastrophic Effects of Deinstitutionalization,"
Touro Law Review: Vol. 39:
1, Article 11.
Available at: https://digitalcommons.tourolaw.edu/lawreview/vol39/iss1/11