Insane Until Proven Sane: Realities of Prison Psych Wards

Posted: June 13, 2014 in Uncategorized

Chapter TK

*I swear there are no spoilers in this post (but there may be some hints)

Recently, I decided to see what the fuss surrounding Orange is the New Black is about. I’m nearing the end of the first season and just finished an episode which depicted the environment of the prison psych ward. When it comes to the prison system, we like to think that any misery a person endures is only what they deserve after committing a crime. Psych wards are a bit different. I think most people have sympathy for those who have committed crimes due to mental instability. We accept that prison is punishment, but psych wards are supposed to help those with mental illness, right? At the very least, they’re supposed to do all they can to support the health and wellness of the patient.

That’s not what this scene depicted at all. Watching it, I couldn’t…

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