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Waiting for an Echo

The Madness of American Incarceration

by Christine Montross

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Waiting for an Echo by Christine Montross
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    Jul 2020, 352 pages

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A thorough and impassioned report of research conducted firsthand at correctional facilities around the United States featuring the troubling stories of individuals deemed a danger to society because of mental illness.

Dr. Christine Montross had been a practicing psychiatrist for nearly a decade when she decided to expand her work into the carceral system by performing competency-to-stand-trial evaluations of jail inmates. It was immediately apparent to her that the prison system is utterly ill-equipped to meet the needs of people with mental illnesses and that incarceration exacerbates many of the symptoms associated with these illnesses. She expanded her research on the subject, visiting jails and prisons across the United States and beyond, and presents in Waiting for an Echo a disturbing picture of neglect and human rights abuses. She demonstrates how easy it is for a person with a mental illness to get caught up in the legal system, often for committing very minor infractions. And how once said person is ensnared by that system, it is virtually impossible for them to extricate themselves.

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