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Year : 2023  |  Volume : 5  |  Issue : 1  |  Page : 42-46

Prison Mental Health in the United States of America and India: A Dual Perspective

1 Albert Einstein College of Medicine, New York, NY, USA
2 Department of Psychiatry, Dr. Baba Saheb Ambedkar Hospital and Medical College, New Delhi, India

Correspondence Address:
Dr. Ananya Mahapatra
Department of Psychiatry, Dr. Baba Saheb Ambedkar Hospital and Medical College, New Delhi
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None

DOI: 10.4103/wsp.wsp_19_23

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Approximately 40% of the incarcerated population in the world are reported to suffer from a mental health condition. People in correctional settings are subjected to multiple psychosocial adversities which negatively affect their mental health. Moreover, people with mental illness are at higher risk for abuse and exploitation within the criminal justice system. The prison populations of the United States (US) and India are among the highest, among both high-income and low-middle-income countries, respectively. In this article, we aim to describe the existing prison mental health services in the US and India and discuss their challenges.

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