Prison wasteland

Our prisons are wastelands for the mentally ill. The segregated units where many are housed are numerous tiers of dingy, claustrophobic cells. Places where these people have only their own hallucinations and their own voices as company. There is a whole lot going on with them other than criminality and part of their problems might be their living conditions.

Isolation has a toxic effect on people. They become hypersensitive to noise and obsessed with their own strange thoughts, often suffering from feelings of panic and fear of suffocation. When this is the effect on normal people, imagine what it does to those already with mental problems.

Psychiatric experts have said that they can judge the quality of a prison’s mental health program by simply visiting its solitary confinement units. They are the dumping grounds for the mentally ill. Prisons are unable to deal with them and rely heavily on isolation to fix the complex problems. The mentally ill belong in mental facilities or special housing units where they can function normally with proper medication and supervision, not in prisons.

Lou Krewson

Stanwood

More in Letters to the Editor

Arlington Times brings back great memories

I was doing some searching for archives online and stumbled on the… Continue reading

Thank you letters

The Arlington High School Class of 2018 Parent Group would like to… Continue reading

Where did all the strawberries go?

Where have all the strawberries gone? While I am new to Washington… Continue reading

Letter to the editor

M’ville needs to place a moratorium on development

Letters in support of library levy

We’re urging you to vote yes for libraries on April 24 and… Continue reading

Why some people voted against M’ville school levies

In response to your recent editorial in support of school levies, I… Continue reading

6 Letters to the Editor support M’ville school levies

As a mom of five children who are either current, former or… Continue reading

Vote for Arlington schools

Vote for bonds Arlington voters on Feb. 13 will be asked to… Continue reading

Letters to the editor

Miller best pick My personal interaction with Ray Miller veteran to veteran… Continue reading

Letters to the editor

King a neighbor for everyone I am writing this to encourage the… Continue reading

Vote for Jesica Stickles

Elect Stickles This is my recommendation for the re-election of Jesica Stickles… Continue reading