Mental Disorder Among Prisoners: Toward an Epidemiologic Inventory

Author:   Nathaniel J. Pallone
Publisher:   Taylor & Francis Inc
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9781412863056


Pages:   176
Publication Date:   30 July 2016
Format:   Paperback
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What do we know about the mental health of inmates? What are the implications of what we know? Nathaniel J. Pallone characterizes opinion on these questions as falling into two broad camps: the tender-hearted, those who see an overlap between mental illness and criminal behaviour, and are treatment-oriented; and the tough-minded, those who have little confidence in psychiatric categories, do not really accept arguments about diminished responsibility, and who feel the emphasis should be on punishment. Which is closer to the truth? When this book was first published, the incidence of mental disorder among prisoners was nearly four times greater than among comparable groups in the general population in part because prisoners are disproportionately drawn from demographic groups with a high incidence of mental disorder-non-white and from lower socioeconomic strata. But other data is equally dismaying: mental retardation is 50 percent higher; alcohol and drug abuse is between five and eight times greater; and neurogenic disorders may be 1,700 times greater. In all categories of mental illness, the incidence among prisoners is far higher than among the general population. Pallone asserts that evidence suggests that the design and implementation of mental health care needs serious revaluation, particularly in view of Supreme Court decisions mandating mental health care despite obstacles with implementation. Palone saw mental health care as the primary issue for those who manage prisons. Sadly, this remains as true as when this book was first published.

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Author:   Nathaniel J. Pallone
Publisher:   Taylor & Francis Inc
Imprint:   AldineTransaction
Dimensions:   Width: 15.20cm , Height: 1.00cm , Length: 22.90cm
Weight:   0.249kg
ISBN:  

9781412863056


ISBN 10:   1412863058
Pages:   176
Publication Date:   30 July 2016
Audience:   Professional and scholarly ,  Professional & Vocational
Format:   Paperback
Publisher's Status:   Active
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Mental Disorder Among Prisoners is an analysis of data regarding mental disorders in the prison population. It reveals a trend toward increased admission of the mentally disordered into prisons... It should be required reading for penologists, jurists, and prison caregivers all of whom can benefit from the author's analysis when defining policy for today's largely unguided and overwhelmed prisons. -Gene L. Cary, American Journal of Psychotherapy


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Nathaniel J. Pallone (1935-2004) was university distinguished professor of psychology at the Center of Alcohol Studies, Rutgers University, USA. In addition, he served as editor-in-chief of the Journal of Offender Rehabilitation. His published works include Altruism, Narcissism, Comity: Research Perspectives from Current Psychology.

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