Psychotic versus nonpsychotic misdemeanants in a large county jail: an analysis of pretrial treatment by the legal system.

@article{Axelson1992PsychoticVN,
  title={Psychotic versus nonpsychotic misdemeanants in a large county jail: an analysis of pretrial treatment by the legal system.},
  author={G L Axelson and Otto Wahl},
  journal={International journal of law and psychiatry},
  year={1992},
  volume={15 4},
  pages={379-86}
}
There are significant numbers of mentally ill men and women in jail and the level of their psychopathology is often serious. Once in jail, the psychotic individual is subjected to conditions conducive to further decompensation and higher suicide rates. If this is the case, the duration of confinement--that is, the duration of exposure to this toxic environment--is not trivial. Of further concern, from the standpoint of due process, would be the duration of confinement prior to any determination… CONTINUE READING