In 2011, the United States Supreme Court ordered the Governor of California – America’s most populous state – to reduce its prison population or face contempt of court. Nearly 150,000 men and women called The California Department of Corrections & Rehabilitation home,.and the reluctance of action was quite elementary to explain: even public servants in the bluest state, feared a backlash from voters on the perception that a mass reentry of prisoners into the public realm, would cause an explosion of violence.
As it turns out, it was not only the aftermath of California’s disastrous 3-strikes law, that sent the incarcerated population skyrocketing, but prisons in the United States of America, had become boarding houses for the mentally ill and the criminally insane.
INTRO BY KENDALL F. PERSON
TRAPPED: MENTAL ILLNESS IN AMERICA’S PRISONS – COURTESY OF JENN ACKERMAN
created & produced by Kendall F. Person, aasitant event organization, Rebecca Lemke. And a host of very courageous Presenters.