The Rebirth of Institutionalism: From Mental Hospitals to the Prison Industrial Complex

There are more individuals with mental illness in prisons than in hospitals. The mental health crisis is especially targeting women, who are three times more likely than men to experience physical or sexual abuse before becoming imprisoned and are more than 90 percent more likely to suffer mental health problems in prisons.

“What we know is that jails and prisons repeatedly let women down; they do not meet mental health needs in a holistic way.”