Well the past few days in my sociology class we have been learning about the stanford prision experiment. While we were watching this I remembered that there was a 30 days show on FX a while ago where Morgan spends 30 days in prison. I dug it up on netflix and I had a couple of thoughts.
Generally I consider myself very much a crime=time type of person. Not knowing what the prison system is like I guess that I at best would have a lop sided view. When I was watching the show the way things were run just don't seem right. In the general population where Morgan spent most of his time there was a man who is a "paranoid schizophrenic" who's only treatment was medications. Much of the time he didn't even take them, trading them for candy among other things. I remember when I was in the hospital they would make sure you took them right at the window. Another inmate was going through heroin withdrawls in his cell. Can't people die from an uncontrolled withdrawl?
I've heard the idea that the penal system is really nothing more than a revolving door, and formed the idea that its just because the people in it are just not willing to change... scum to put it harshly and that's not to say that some aren't. People like rapists and murderers obviously are. But that still makes me wonder can the ones who aren't scum be helped?
Same thing goes with what I've experienced with the mental heath system. There are people I know that have been in and out of the hospital upwards of 30 times, and are only 19. That makes my 3 look like nothing. The people are sometimes placed in Residental Treatment Programs for months at a time when they cant stay at the hospital any more and from what I was told by my one friend aren't allowed to go to regular school or go home with their families. For me this hits home a lot more because of the "been there done that" factor but I cant help but wonder can you change the system to better help the ones "on the inside" and if you can, how do you even do it? Is it anything more than a pipe dream.
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