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amandabeech Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Nov-30-11 03:35 PM
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51. There are many, many bad prisons here in the U.S.,
but some are worse than others. You'll notice that some of the worst stories either come out of the southern states or from states with severe overcrowding, like California.

Many prisons also get sued on the basis of our Constitutional Bill of Rights guarantee that a prisoner not be subject to cruel and unusual punishment. Many states have had to upgrade their systems as a result of a court order under our this provision. I myself did a one year internship with a United States judge in Texas who had ordered major changes in the Texas prison system. Texas did not want to comply, but the judge kept after them. For awhile at least, the situation in the prisons was better. The judge's name was Williams Wayne Justice. He's no longer with us, but his surname surely described his character.

I've also done some work with patients in a large mental hospital. Many times police who pick up offenders who seem to have psychological problems offer the accused the chance to go the mental health route instead of the penal system route. The problem with that is that both the penal and mental health systems have difficulty coping with insane or unstable prisoners. It is a very difficult problem. Some of those, after a hearing that determines that they are mentally ill and violent, end up in high security facilities that are designed for just such prisoners. Usually those facilities are located near a mental hospital.

Breivik probably would receive appropriate treatment in Minnesota than Alabama, for example. Please don't judge us all by conditions in the worst systems.
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