Monday, January 15, 2007

"The Mentally Ill, Behind Bars" (from NYT)

Fascinating data appeared today in a New York Times Op-Ed by Bernard E. Harcourt of the University of Chicago. The data illustrate major twentieth-century trends:
  • De-institutionalization (1958-1980) and re-institutionalization (1982-2000)
  • Drop in the numbers in mental hospitals
  • Increasing numbers in prison since 1980
Harcourt frames these data by asking the question: "Why did we diagnose deviance in such radically different ways over the course of the 20th century?"

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