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Student Research Guide: Deinstitutionalization, Criminalization and homelessness of the mentally ill: Top Resources

by Jose Silverio

Top Resources

Bard, J. S. (2018). How the 21st century cures act can mitigate the ever growing problem of mass incarceration. American Journal of Law and Medicine, 44(2-3), 387-402.

  • This source provides information on how mentally ill people are being imprisoned, the treatment of mentally ill people in jails and prisons. It also has information on homelessness. I find the half of this journal immensely helpful, but the rest of the paper discuss how the cares act can have a positive impact on the mentally ill in prison which is something I did not consider for research. 

Latalova, K., Kamaradova, D., & Prasko, J. (2014). Violent victimization of adult patients with severe mental illness: A systematic review. Neuropsychiatric Disease and Treatment, 10, 1925-1939.  

  • This source is an amalgamation of many sources and focuses on the victimization of the mentally ill. Victimization includes violet victimization sexual assault and abuse, as well as nonverbal victimization. What the results were a higher rate of victimization in the mentally ill in general, in prisons, and for the homeless compared to those who are not mentally ill. I chose this source because it supports how the mentally ill are being treated in prisons and outside of one. 

Livingston, J. D., Desmarais, S. L., Verdun-Jones, S., Parent, R., Michalak, E., & Brink, J. (2014). Perceptions and experiences of people with mental illness regarding their interactions with police. International Journal of Law and Psychiatry, 37(4), 334–340.  

  • This source provides data on how the mentally ill fee; on their interactions with the police including positive and negative experience. I chose this source because it brings up negative interactions with the police which supports how the mentally go to prison. 

Rosenbaum, L. (2016). Liberty versus need — our struggle to care for people with serious mental illness. The New England Journal of Medicine, 375(15), 1490-1495. 

  • This Article is useful because it explores how mentally ill people are given autonomy at an expense. It gives accounts where severely mentally ill homeless people who need help, but aren’t given it because of the law, or based on a decision from a person respecting a severely mentally ill person decision. As well as other information such as how terminology is used and negatively affects them. I chose this source because it gives firsthand accounts of the unfortunate mentally ill being left untreated, 

Slate, R. N. (2017). Deinstitutionalization, Criminalization of Mental Illness, and the Principle of Therapeutic Jurisprudence. Southern California Interdisciplinary Law Journal, 26(2), 341–356.

  • This source provides a background in terms of policy, and things on how the mentally ill are treated in jails and how they get there. I like this source because it provides great background to what deinstitutionalization is and the mistreatment of the mentally impaired. This is a great source one of the biggest that really inspired me to research this.

Yohanna, D. (2013). Deinstitutionalization of People with Mental Illness: Causes and Consequences. Virtual Mentor, 15(1), 886-891.

  • This source brings up some of the policies brought up from the previous source, as well as talking about homelessness and the arrest of the mentally ill. I chose this source because it supports the sources I use. 


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