France: Inadequate Mental Health Care in Prisons Detention Conditions, Lack of Treatment Increase Suffering

On April 2016, Europris gave space to underline the critical Health-care conditions in French prisons. In particular, according to the report of the Human Rights Watch, there are thousands of men and women with psychosocial disabilities in prisons are at risk of suicide or harming themselves because of the neglect of their physical and mental health. The situation is exacerbated by overcrowding, stigma, and isolation. A shortage of mental health professionals in many prisons means that appointments are infrequent and often brief and limited to prescribing medication. The lack of adequate conditions and care also results in difficult working conditions for prison staff.

“The lack of adequate mental health treatment effectively amounts to additional punishment for prisoners who need this care”.

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