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NCJ Number: 127872 Find in a Library
Title: State Mental Health Systems Research: Twenty-nine States Report "Serious" Consideration of Conversion of State Psychiatric Hospital to Prison or Other Correctional Use
Corporate Author: National Assoc of State Mental Health Program Directors
United States of America
Date Published: 1985
Page Count: 8
Sponsoring Agency: National Assoc of State Mental Health Program Directors
Alexandria, VA 22314
Type: Survey
Format: Document
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: Two charts covering the 50 states, District of Columbia, and four territories summarize how each state has considered converting State hospital to correctional use from 1980 to 1985, and if so, where the proposal originated from, how much of the hospital was at issue, and the outcome of such proposals.
Abstract: Twenty-nine states seriously considered the issue, 40 reported a decrease from 1978-1983 conversion proposals, and 34 had actual conversion plans for that period. Proposals typically came from the executive branch, legislature, governor or department of corrections. States that carried out their conversion plans did so in varying degrees, for example, Massachusetts converted one entire mental hospital and parts of five others.
Main Term(s): Administrative planning; Prison construction
Index Term(s): Hospitals; State-by-state analyses
Note: Study #85-520
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