The new asylums

WGBH Educational Foundation

DVD - 2005

Fewer than 55,000 Americans currently receive treatment in psychiatric hospitals. Meanwhile, almost 10 times that number, nearly 500,000, mentally ill men and women are serving time in U.S. jails and prisons. As sheriffs and prison wardens become the unexpected and often ill-equipped caretakers of this burgeoning population, they raise a troubling new concern: Have America's jails and prisons become its new asylums. The program goes deep inside Ohio's state prison system to explore the... complex and growing issue of mentally ill prisoners.

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[Boston, Mass.] : WGBH Educational Foundation : Distributed by PBS Video c2005.
Edited version
Item Description
Originally broadcast as a segment of the television program Frontline on May 10, 2005.
Includes: optional audio commentary with Miri Navasky and Karen O'Connor.
Physical Description
1 videodisc (DVD)(ca. 60 min.) : sd., col. ; 4 3/4 in
Production Credits
Photography, Ben McCoy ; editor, Daisy Wright.
Corporate Author
WGBH Educational Foundation (-)
Other Authors
Miri Navasky (-), Karen O'Connor, Will Lyman