Reforms in Emergency Management Policy
The emergency management policy reform I selected originates from the Supreme Court (SCOTUS) regarding prison overcrowding in California and discusses the dangers to mentally ill offenders during incarceration. Whistle-blowers make the best candidates for change in an organization hence the Plata v. Brown California case regarding prison overcrowding (Applebaum, 2011, p. 1122). Mentally ill inmates have no adequate means to emotional support, mental wellness checks or proper medication administration in the prisons (Whitehurst, 2012, p. 313). The lack of guardians in the correctional department made it easy for the lax treatment of seriously mentally ill offenders that were given excessive wait times for mental health care (Applebaum, 2011, p. 1122). In response to the SCOTUS decision, Governor Brown first initiates inmate transfers to jail facilities to relieve the population of the state prisons to an acceptable 137% of its design capacity (Whitehurst, 2012, p. 316). Demonstrating a behavioral epidemic that could possibly exist and require federal funding for an influx of public inpatient psychiatric beds for California, is one challenge to major reform. Gaining public voter approval and securing political backing to support the new measure is another challenge. (194 words).
Appelbaum, P. S., M.D. (2011). Law & psychiatry: Lost in the crowd: Prison mental health care,overcrowding, and the courts.Psychiatric Services,62(10), 1121-3. http://search.proquest.com.ezp.waldenulibrary.org/…
Whitehurst, E. A. (2012). SHAPING CALIFORNIA’S PRISONS: HOW THE ALTERNATIVE CUSTODY PROGRAM DESIGNED TO REMEDY THE STATE’S EIGHTH AMENDMENT VIOLATIONS IN THE PRISON SYSTEM. ENCROACHES ON EQUAL PROTECTION. William & Mary Bill of Rights Journal, 21(1), 303-332. http://search.proquest.com.ezp.waldenulibrary.org
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