Waiting for An Echo

Waiting for An Echo

The Madness of American Incarceration

Book - 2020
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"Dr. Christine Montross has spent her career treating the most severely ill psychiatric patients. Several years ago, she set out to investigate why so many of her patients got caught up in the legal system when discharged from her care--and what happened to them therein. Waiting for an Echo is a riveting, rarely seen glimpse into American incarceration. It is also a damning account of policies that have criminalized mental illness, shifting large numbers of people who belong in therapeutic settings into punitive ones. The stark world of American prisons is shocking for all who enter it. But Dr. Montross's expertise--the mind in crisis--allowed her to reckon with the human stories behind the bars. A father attempting to weigh the impossible calculus of a plea bargain. A bright young woman whose life is derailed by addiction. Boys in a juvenile detention facility who, desperate for human connection, invent a way to communicate with one another from cell to cell. Overextended doctors and correctional officers who strive to provide care and security in environments riddled with danger. In these encounters, Montross finds that while our system of correction routinely makes people with mental illness worse, just as routinely it renders mentally stable people psychiatrically unwell."-- Provided by publisher.
Contents: Introduction
Our prisoners. Three hots and a cot ; How are you on the Fourth of July? ; Since eleven ; You got kids? ; Jail, not Yale ; Born on third base
Our prisons. The architecture of control ; The lost people ; Minnows and killer whales ; Imagine your bathroom
Our choice. Nutraloaf ; Better neighbors ; I am helping your ; Good news
Publisher: New York : Penguin Press, [2020]
Copyright Date: ©2020
Branch Call Number: 365.60874 MON
Characteristics: 331 pages ; 25 cm
ISBN: 9781594205972
1594205973

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Because 95% of all people who are incarcerated will be going back to their communities, it is horrible that our corrections system routinely makes people with mental illness worse and often renders those who weren’t mentally ill unwell during their incarceration. The author, a psychiatrist (and p... Read More »


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