Saturday, December 17, 2005

A Hospital is not a Prison

In this op-ed piece Brandon Krupp, the psychiatrist who resigned over the state of Rhode Island's attempt to extend the incarceration of a sexual offender by placing him in a civil unit of the state hospital, argues forcefully that this is a dangerous misuse of psychiatric hospitals. Historically the inability of psychiatrists to control admissions to state hospitals has been a major factor in the deterioration of care in these facilities. In the nineteenth century, the elderly, poor and homeless were often warehoused in these facilities under the pretense that they were receiving care. Now it appears that we are in the midst of seeing state hospitals used to extend criminal incarceration, under the pretense that care is being provided.

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