From: Andrew Phelps <>

Subject: Re: [PsySR-humanrights] Inside a Mental Hospital Called Jail


Date: Sunday, February 9, 2014, 5:58 AM



What is remarkable is not the message but the fact that the NY Times would care to publish such a perspective. When I was psychiatrically hospitalized, albeit not directly for a crime but for "dangerous to self" I was challenged by the problematic that either I was dysfunctional, as alleged, or else - in fact there was a kind of institutional dysfunctionality. In my situation the "content" of my argument was that I had experience in the polity of Berkeley, CA and that people in Washington, DC "didn't understand." Now I know, from the Media, PA burglary which was then being planned, that academic conversation in context went to the social dynamic for which I was being (successfully) stereotyped.


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On Sun, 2/9/14, Osw wrote:

Inside a Mental Hospital Called Jail
FEB. 8, 2014
Nicholas Kristof

THE largest mental health center in America is a huge compound here in Chicago, with thousands of people. Suffering from manias, psychoses and other disorders, all surrounded by high fences and barbed wire. Just one thing: Its a jail. The only way to get treatment is to be arrested. Psychiatric disorders are the only kind of sickness that we as a society regularly respond to not with sympathy but with handcuffs and incarceration.