Jails Down Under Are a Lot Like Home
“Our jails have become psychiatric hospitals,” reads a recent headline in The Australian. A doctor in
The story resembles a lot of what has been reported in the
Despite evidence of acute psychosis by the patient, “he was held in a regular prison without psychiatric assessment or treatment and allowed to represent himself in court for seven months,” the paper reports.
Starting to sound familiar?
“Far from being an isolated case, it is at the tip of the iceberg of the over-representation of people with mental illnesses in the criminal justice system. Jails have become the largest psychiatric hospitals in
Close enough to home yet?