Psychiatric stigma in correctional facilities.
R. D. Miller and J. L. Metzner,
Bull. Amer. Acad. Psychiatry & the Law
22(4): 621-8, 1994.
While legislatively sanctioned discrimination against the mentally ill in general society has largely
disappeared, it persists in correctional systems where inmates are denied earn-time reductions in
sentences, parole opportunities, placement in less restrictive facilities, and opportunities to
participate in sentence-reducing programs because of their status as psychiatric patients or their need
for psychotropic medications. The authors discuss the prevalence of such problems from detailed
examinations of several correctional systems and from the results of a national survey of correctional