What did you learn about the role of our criminal justice system in providing treatment to the mentally ill?

Book Review: Crazy

Psychology & the Legal System (PSY 306) Spring, 2020

Book Essay: Crazy

The book Crazy describes a father’s personal journey with his mentally ill son and a journalist’s examination of how the mentally ill are treated within the criminal justice system. Consider what you’ve learned by reading this book and address the following questions in a 5-6 page essay. Your essay should be typed and double-spaced, and you should use 12-point font. Use headings within the essay to denote which question you are answering. Be sure to address each part of each question. When you provide a specific example from the book, include the page number(s) that indicates where in the book the example can be found. You do not need a title page or reference page for this assignment, but make sure to have your name at the top of the first page. This assignment is worth 50 points

ight. You will submit your essay to the link available in Blackboard.

  1. What did you learn about the role of our criminal justice system in
  2. providing treatment to the mentally ill? Why are individuals with mental illness more likely to be incarcerated than hospitalized? What are the challenges to changing the outcomes for the mentally ill who have been released from incarceration? Please provide specific examples from the book to support your answers.
  3. On page 159 of the book, Dr. Darold Treffert is credited with coining the phrase, “the mentally ill are being allowed to die with their rights on.” What does this phrase mean to you and what are some examples from the book that support this statement? What challenges exist in the balancing act between protecting patients’ rights and providing treatment to those who really need it?
  4. If you had to choose one public policy initiative to address the problems and challenges in our mental health and criminal justice systems, what would that initiative be? What would the initiative look like and how would it work? What specific problem(s) would the initiative address and how would it make a positive change? This is your opportunity to think big and be creative. The initiative you dream up can be something already happening but not fully realized or something that is not even in the works.

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