Palgrave Studies in Prisons and Penology

Mental Health in Prisons

Critical Perspectives on Treatment and Confinement

Editors: Mills, Alice, Kendall, Kathleen (Eds.)

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  • Includes an open access chapter (Chapter 2: ‘We Are Recreating Bedlam’: A History of Mental Illness and Prison Systems in England and Ireland), available via https://bit.ly/2OYJlKx
  • Considers how mental health intersects with poverty, gender, gender identity, racialization, ethnicity, culture, colonialism, sexual orientation, age and violence
  • Outlines the historical and socio-legal context of mental health and imprisonment
  • Discusses the inappropriateness/unsuitability of prison as a place of treatment
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This book examines how the prison environment, architecture and culture can affect mental health as well as determine both the type and delivery of mental health services. It also discusses how non-medical practices, such as peer support and prison education programs, offer the possibility of transformative practice and support. By drawing on international contributions, it furthermore demonstrates how mental health in prisons is affected by wider socio-economic and cultural factors, and how in recent years neo-liberalism has abandoned, criminalised and contained large numbers of the world’s most marginalised and vulnerable populations. Overall, this collection challenges the dominant narrative of individualism by focusing instead on the relationship between structural inequalities, suffering, survival and punishment. 

Chapter 2 of this book is available open access under a CC BY 4.0 license via link.springer.com.


About the authors

Alice Mills is a Senior Lecturer at the University of Auckland, New Zealand, where she moved in 2011. Prior to this she worked at the Universities of Cardiff and Southampton and the Open University. Alice has extensive experience of researching mental health in prisons. She completed her doctorate on facilities for prisoners with special needs in 2003 and has since conducted quantitative and qualitative research evaluating mental health in-reach teams and the effect of the prison imprisonment on mental health, and examining adherence to anti-psychotic medication in prisons. As a Samaritan volunteer, she also ran peer Listener schemes in prisons for four years. More recently, she has completed research on the role of non-governmental organisations in criminal justice in the UK and New Zealand and housing for vulnerable populations. She is currently examining the use of Tikanga Māori in indigenous youth courts and community sector housing support for ex-prisoners

Kathleen Kendall is an Associate Professor in Sociology as Applied to Medicine at the University of Southampton, UK. She was a research associate in the Department of Psychiatry, University of Saskatchewan, from April 1989 to April 1992. This was a joint position between the University of Saskatchewan and the Regional Psychiatric Centre (Prairies). During this time she conducted research on mental health issues with prisoners and staff inside the Regional Psychiatric Centre (Prairies) and Pine Grove Correctional Centre, Prince Albert. She then worked as a program evaluator/researcher at the Prison for Women in Kingston Ontario from May 1992 to March 1993. During this time she carried out a program evaluation of therapeutic services at what was then the only federal women’s prison. From April 1993 to  September 1993, Kathy worked as a Special Advisor on Female Offenders at Correctional Service of Canada’s National Headquarters in Ottawa. She then moved to the UK to undertake her PhD. Since arriving in the UK, Kathy has continued to undertake various research projects related to mental health in prisons including critical analyses of the psy-sciences, offending behaviour programmes and gender-responsive penal practices and policies. Her research has resulted in a number of published journal articles and book chapters. She is currently completing historical research on the first ‘criminal lunatic’ asylum in Canada.  

Reviews

“In this book, Alice Mills and Kathleen Kendall bring together a remarkable set of contributions. Taken together, they remind the reader of the silent but powerfully individualising nature of neo-liberal societies and the toll they take on those imprisoned with mental health problems. Documenting the further marginalisation of the already marginalised, this edited collection sets an important agenda for change. It remains to be seen whether or not anyone listens to its findings. They should.” (Sandra Walklate, Eleanor Rathbone Chair of Sociology, University of Liverpool, UK)

Table of contents (15 chapters)

Table of contents (15 chapters)
  • Introduction

    Mills, Alice (et al.)

    Pages 1-22

  • ‘We Are Recreating Bedlam’: A History of Mental Illness and Prison Systems in England and Ireland

    Cox, Catherine (et al.)

    Pages 25-47

  • The Architecture of Psychiatry and the Architecture of Incarceration

    Cross, Simon (et al.)

    Pages 49-72

  • Psychological Jurisprudence and the Relational Problems of De-vitalisation and Finalisation: Revisiting the Society of Captives Thesis

    Arrigo, Bruce A. (et al.)

    Pages 73-101

  • Care Versus Custody: Challenges in the Provision of Prison Mental Health Care

    Mills, Alice (et al.)

    Pages 105-129

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Mental Health in Prisons
Book Subtitle
Critical Perspectives on Treatment and Confinement
Editors
  • Alice Mills
  • Kathleen Kendall
Series Title
Palgrave Studies in Prisons and Penology
Copyright
2018
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s)
eBook ISBN
978-3-319-94090-8
DOI
10.1007/978-3-319-94090-8
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-319-94089-2
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XXIII, 385
Number of Illustrations
7 b/w illustrations
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