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Prisoners with Special Needs and How to Address Them

1. How do special needs, mentally ill, and substance abuse prisoners affect the jail and prison systems at state and federal levels.
2. What would happen if special needs prisoners were not cared for properly.
3. What is a program that is aimed to assist or care for the mentally ill offenders.
4. How has this program affected the special offender population in that prison.

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1. How do special needs, mentally ill, and substance abuse prisoners affect the jail and prison systems at state and federal levels.

-- Special needs, mentally ill and substance abuse prisoners all have different needs. Because of this, we have to create segments within the correction facility based upon those needs. We cannot legitimately place a mentally ill prisoner in a common block with prisoners that are not mentally ill. This would jeopardize the safety of the mentally ill prisoner, which of course would be based upon the extent of the mental illness suffered. It is common for many prisoners to go through lingering detox from substance abuse. Most prisoners at the state and federal level have been incarcerated for a length of time and have already detoxed when substance abuse is an issue. This is because the offender has been incarcerated for a length of time leading up to the trial. In other cases, the substance abuse was so extensive that the prisoner is actually still detoxing when entering at the state or federal prison level.

This creates a separation, but it is a necessary separation. When the prisoner is ready (if ever ready) to be incorporated into the general population, it will then be accomplished. In terms ...

Solution Summary

This solution thoroughly discusses each of the questions presented in regards to special needs prisoners. The are of, consequences for lack of care, and ongoing attention aspects of special needs prisoner populations are addressed. Programs for special needs prisoners are also discussed.

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