You are viewing an obsolete version of the DU website which is no longer supported by the Administrators. Visit The New DU.
Democratic Underground Latest Greatest Lobby Journals Search Options Help Login

Reply #51: There are many, many bad prisons here in the U.S., [View All]

Printer-friendly format Printer-friendly format
Printer-friendly format Email this thread to a friend
Printer-friendly format Bookmark this thread
Home » Discuss » Latest Breaking News Donate to DU
amandabeech Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Nov-30-11 04:35 PM
Response to Reply #35
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.
Printer Friendly | Permalink | Reply | Top

Home » Discuss » Latest Breaking News Donate to DU

Powered by DCForum+ Version 1.1 Copyright 1997-2002
Software has been extensively modified by the DU administrators

Important Notices: By participating on this discussion board, visitors agree to abide by the rules outlined on our Rules page. Messages posted on the Democratic Underground Discussion Forums are the opinions of the individuals who post them, and do not necessarily represent the opinions of Democratic Underground, LLC.

Home  |  Discussion Forums  |  Journals |  Store  |  Donate

About DU  |  Contact Us  |  Privacy Policy

Got a message for Democratic Underground? Click here to send us a message.

© 2001 - 2011 Democratic Underground, LLC