Making space for mental health care within the penal estate

Cassidy, Kathryn, Dyer, Wendy, Biddle, Paul, Brandon, Toby, McClelland, Norman and Ridley, Louise (2020) Making space for mental health care within the penal estate. Health & Place, 62. p. 102295. ISSN 1353-8292

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In this paper we explore the enfolding spatialities of control and care within the penal estate through analysis of the creation of a unit for prisoners with serious mental illnesses (SMIs). Prisons have increasingly become the key institutions for mental health care provision, yet serious mental illness disrupts the self-government upon which contemporary prison regimes are based. Our analysis highlights the ‘trouble’ institutions face in making space for mental health care; in trying to fit different control-care regimes into existing carceral environments. We argue that the different actors that have made space for this control-care have been open to potentiality. Developments have been experimental, emergent and incomplete; often not officially challenging wider institutional processes, but eluding them. What emerges is an institution within an institution with a certain level of spatial autonomy but constrained in its transformative potential.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Carceral geographies, Institutions, Mental health, Prisons, Care
Subjects: B300 Complementary Medicine
B700 Nursing
L300 Sociology
L400 Social Policy
L500 Social Work
L700 Human and Social Geography
Department: Faculties > Arts, Design and Social Sciences > Social Sciences
Faculties > Engineering and Environment > Geography and Environmental Sciences
Faculties > Health and Life Sciences > Nursing, Midwifery and Health
Faculties > Health and Life Sciences > Social Work, Education and Community Wellbeing
Depositing User: Elena Carlaw
Date Deposited: 17 Feb 2020 10:43
Last Modified: 24 Aug 2021 03:30

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