Author | C. E. Smith, MD


Correctional Psychiatry: Room for Improvement

December 01, 2007


Dr Jeffrey Metzner's brief article, "Evolving Issues in Correctional Psychiatry" (Psychiatric Times, September 2007) related many of the difficulties and complexities of the corrections world; however, it did not mention the greatest problem of all--"deinstitutionalization," which, over the past half century, has resulted in the wholesale diversion of patients with chronic mental illnesses--many of whom cannot be managed as outpatients--from hospitals to jails and prisons.