16 July 2008

Prisons and Mental Illness

This post yesterday at the Cincinnati Blog called attention to the serious problem of using prisons as de facto holding facilities for the mentally ill. It also pointed out Peter Bronson's intractable commitment to hypocrisy and ignorance but that can hardly be considered a revelation at this point.

By total coincidence, I came across this short film (about 6 min.) made by Ohio University student Jenn Ackerman:

Trapped: Mental Illness in America's Prisons

Ackerman was granted access to the Kentucky State Reformatory. She didn't have the funds to do a 60-min Frontline documentary but the film does provide insight into a flawed system. Worth a look if you're interested in the issue.

She answered some questions about making the film on her blog.

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