After reading Dead Man Walking by Sister Helen Prejean, and picturing the inmates on death row in 1995, I became interested in the effects of the prison system. I was astonished by the almost alternate universe that inmates live in, while in confinement. They are forced to adapt to little to no privacy, scrutiny of the guards, and the constant fear of violence. Although for some inmates the experience is more traumatic than others it is apparent that these conditions create psychological illnesses, and make rehabilitation nearly impossible.
This brought me to research that explained the mental illnesses, and behaviors that arise from incarceration. For instance an article from the Department of Health and Human Services, explains that the overcrowding, and limited connection to society forces inmates to become accustomed to lives of deprivation and frustration. Which later become forms of mental illness, like depression, dependence on structure, suspicion of all others, emotional overcontrol, and anxiety. According to The Trauma of the Incarceration Experience these illnesses arise as inmates are exposed to violence, on a daily basis. Whether they are involved in the violence, or are bystanders it becomes a traumatic experience. Therefore many of those who have been in the prison system suffer from post traumatic stress, depression, and paranoia, along with many other psychological problems.Tags: prison
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