Inmates With Mental Illness
Author Andy Keel+
One reason people are becoming vocal about county jail safety is that some inmates have serious mental illnesses. Many tend to think of jail as where criminals are put so society will be safe or that every person jailed is guilty. Because the average county jail is near capacity, concerns about early release selection and inmate safety are being raised.
Supporting Mentally Ill Inmates In County Jails
What we may lose sight of is that when there are a large number of people living in heavily cramped conditions, there will be problems. Some county jail inmates could suffer from psychosis, schizophrenia, bipolar, as well as minor cognitive disabilities. Not only are people concerned about what will happen to the individuals who are suffering from the metal illnesses when they are placed in custody, but there is serious concern about how having these individuals in the jail could compromise the safety other individuals that are in full control of their mental state.
The truth is that in some situations it might actually be better for everyone if individuals who are struggling with illnesses like schizophrenia and bipolar disorders were placed in a state prison that has better funding resources and adequately trained professionals. The average county jail simply doesn’t have the space or the man power to give these inmates the care and attention that they need. The larger prisons have psychologists who can regularly see the prisoners and gauge their state of mind. There will also be guards who are going to be specifically educated to keep an eye on the prisoners and proactively handle situations before they have a chance to get out of hand.
If someone you know has a mental illness and has recently been incarcerated in the county jail, it is going to be up to you to keep an eye on them. Inmate locators will make it possible for you to gather all of the information you need about where they are, their arrest, bail, and what their visitation schedule is going to be. Once you have confirmed the location of the county jail where they’re incarcerated, you need to contact the jail and alert them to the situation including treatment plans, medications and, and the names of any healthcare providers that can be contacted to procure copies of medical records. The sooner everyone knows about the inmates mental issues, the sooner they can take the steps to make sure that everyone is safe.