This week we will take a closer look at adapting to prison life. Adaptation is influenced by both the inmates imported characteristics and the depriving nature of prison life. For this assignment, I would like you to watch a Frontline episode. The topic is how prisons handle the mentally ill. They refer to prison as the ‘new asylum’ which basically points out that when mental institutions were shut down the mentally ill often fell through the cracks and many ended up in prison.
After watching the video, respond to the following two questions:
1. Do you think that mentally ill inmates are typically mistreated in prison? Or are prisons offering the best services possible?
What do you think should be done differently with mentally ill prisoners? What services should they be offered?
You can find the video two ways: through the internet by going to the Frontline website. Below is a link
https://www.pbs.org/wgbh/frontline/film/showsasylums/ or the library has a copy of the DVD. Please do not plan to check it out for more than 24 hrs.
I suggest you use the website link and stream the video on your computer.
Your essay should be at least 1 page [single spaced, 12 pt font]. It should not exceed 1.5 pages. Please respond within the space provided or attach a word document.