Bodies in Beds: Why Business Should Out of Prisons

Algora Publishing
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Privatized prisons have failed utterly in providing appropriate mental health support to offenders. Due to the focus on profit, the needs of vulnerable inmates don't come last - they don't count at all. By cutting corners, cheating staff, and ignoring prisoners’ mental health needs, these corporations keep the revolving door turning, so that those who wind up in prison are not provided with help to change their behavior and do a better job at integrating into society. Offenders returning to prison are good for the corporation but they cost tax payers big. Meanwhile, dedicated staff often work overtime for free, risking their own health and safety, only to see the workload doubled. <p>The data and research in this book are important for everyone who wants to know how prison privatization affects taxpayers, offenders, and the general public. The author also exposes the sham of prison accreditation, telling the personal story of a woman in rural America who had to battle uncaring supervisors and senseless bureaucracy in order to carve even a few minutes out of the workweek to provide mental health support to prisoners. <p>While<i> Bodies in Beds</i> contains some of the author’s own experiences in a private prison environment, she has also done extensive research on the history of the industry, its growth, and current issues that impact offenders and contribute to a "revolving door" in corrections.  She integrates her experiences as examples of what has gone wrong with the privatization of prisons including issues, like understaffing, that affect safety and security. The book examines issues of lobbying, immigration, and how those areas have created a substantial market for private prisons.  In addition, the book offers suggestions to provide more appropriate methods of providing treatment and programs for offenders.   <p><i>Bodies in Beds </i>speaks to professionals including correctional staff on all levels, prison administrators and developers, mental health providers, psychiatrists, medical staff, politicians and policy makers, and others working in the criminal justice system. Anyone who has family members who have been incarcerated, advocates for change, and Instructors of sociology, criminal justice, and psychology will find this book valuable. 


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Sue Binder, M.A., is a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) and a Licensed Addictions Counselor (LAC). She worked for 13 years as a Mental Health Coordinator in a private prison owned by Corrections Corporation of America (CCA), and previously she owned and operated an agency to assist victims of domestic violence agency.  She continues to work in the mental health and addictions field.  Sue holds two Master’s Degrees, one in psychology and one in humanities, and has done doctoral studies at Walden University. In addition to work as a Behavioral Health Therapist and a counselor/supervisor in the fields of addictions and mental health, she has worked as a newspaper reporter and editor, education coordinator and associate college faculty member. She published  "Hands Down: A Domestic Violence Treatment Workbook (2006) and an Instructor's Manual for the American Correctional Association.


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Dec 31, 2017
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