Mentally Ill In Correctional Institutions Summary

1057 Words5 Pages
Kimberly Banks Psyc 302 12/1/2011 Prof. Lytle Mentally Ill in Correctional Institutes The article I did for my review was called The Prevalence of Mental Disorders in Prisoners in the City of Salvador, Bahia, Brazil. This article is about the different psychiatric diseases found in the inmates in the prison. A cross-sectional study was done in the prison to find out the most common diseases. They studied inmates in closed and semi-open prison systems. The results showed that there were higher rates of substance related disorders than those who had psychotic and mood disorders. Across the globe over 9 million individuals live in a prison system. Studies show that mental illness is 5-10 times more widespread among inmates than the general…show more content…
The first institution houses 2,343 inmates that live in a closed prison system. The second prison houses 354 inmates in a semi-open prison system (Pondé et al., 2011). In a semi-open prison system, prisoners are allowed to leave the facility during certain holidays and are allowed to work outside the institution, but they must return after work. The closed prison system would be equivalent to a maximum security prison in the United States, a semi-open system would be equivalent to a medium security prison, and an open system would be equivalent to a jail. In the first prison individuals were randomly selected from the roster list of inmates. The ones selected were evenly picked from the 5 wings of the prison. In the semi-open prison system those inmates that were present were selected to be interviewed. Collecting of the data took from June to November in 2006. Five trained medical students did the interviews. Data was stored in the SPSS, which is the statistical software…show more content…
General anxiety disorder was found to be more common among the semi-open system inmates. Also lifetime alcohol addiction was more common among these prisoners too. Most inmates that had a lifetime addiction to a substance was to marijuana, cocaine or crack, and inhalants (Pondé et al., 2011). There was a higher significance of inmates with psychotic disorders along with borderline personality disorders with prisoners in the semi-open prison

More about Mentally Ill In Correctional Institutions Summary

Open Document