Dec 29, 2010

Therapy in Cages

Yesterday, The LA Times published an article describing the controversy around providing inmates with psychiatric illnesses theraputic interventions while locked in metal cages.  Read the story and take a look at the photo here

This morning, an LA Times editorial echoed a San Francisco psychiatrist's Pablo Stewart's sentiments regarding the practice, calling it "horrendous" and commented that, "The tension between security concerns and medical requirements is real, but we doubt that cages are the answer."

The  psychiatrist noted that some inmates receive caged therapy right up to the day they're paroled. "So one day you're so dangerous that you have to be in a cage and the person talking to you is sitting at a distance wearing a flak jacket, the next day you're sitting on a bus," he said. "That's scary.