“Real Freedom Cannot Be Defined!” Essay

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Psychological disorders are common in the United States and worldwide. The National institute of mental Health discovered that, “An estimated 26.2 percent of Americans ages 18 and older — about one in four adults — suffer from a diagnosable mental disorder in a given year.” Having an uncle who was diagnosed with Schizophrenia in 2003 has changed the way I see people with mental illnesses. After reading and watching the documentary about prisoners who have to undergo medication just to live a “normal” life has given me inspiration to come up with a few ways that will help our justice system deal with these sorts of individuals. While researchers are trying to come up with different medical ...view middle of the document...

Due to not taking his medicine as prescribed. This is a cycle that many mental ex-cons go through.
Schizophrenia is a chronic, severe, and disabling brain disorder that has affected people throughout history. People with the disorder may hear voices other people don't hear. Michael Grissett, Benny Anthony, and Lynn Moore speaks on the documentary about their disorder and invites us spend a few days in the life of a Schizo. Grissett was imprisoned for 21 years for murder. After being let out he was placed on parole. He attends a re-entry program in Cleveland, OH where it helps the seriously mentally ill transition back into the community. Not many are admitted into these programs, only 50 patients in Cleveland were admitted into this particular center. Most mentally ill offenders go untreated.
Lynn Moore is a repeat offender; he has been arrested and released more than 20 times. He has a hard time believing that his problem is causing him to be delusional. Moore has a hard time staying on his meds because he believes that after a certain amount of time he makes the assumption that he is cured. When Lynn Moore is released he turns to a place called Refuge for Hope. Refuge for Hope is a shelter that gives men a home. Like Moore, many ex-cons are homeless which correlates with not being able to obtain medicines because they lack the money to obtain these medications.
Being on parole has a very positive affect on mental, illness patients. Benny Anthony is a prime example of how being on and off parole affects a person. Anthony suffers from paranoia schizophrenia, this is where a person believes that someone is always trying to harm them. When Benny Anthony is under parole he is seemingly intelligent, but when he is not he is a totally different being. While on parole Anthony to attend a special court called relegated mental health court. This court deals with ex-cons that have mental conditions. They evaluate how a person is handling adjusting to society. He also has to attend therapy once every two weeks. Monitoring one’s medication intake has been proven to be beneficial for society.
An example of monitoring medication is shown through one of our former inmates, William Stokes. William has to be treated with five to six medications a day. Stokes has been restrained more than twenty times while imprisoned. Like all of these men, William Stokes is as “normal” as any “normal” day citizen. The only thing that changes him is the fact he has to take medicine to stay “sane”. When released, Mr. Stokes he was not under any parole or probation but he was accepted into a group home for the mentally ill. These types of homes are spaced out around the country. Many of these mental patients just, “Want people to generally care about,” him which was mentioned by Mr. William Stokes.
The last of our prisoners that we had the opportunity to meet was Keith Williams. A young man that has spent most of his life in prison/jail or mental hospitals. He has been to a...

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