Photos of insane prisoners at Kentucky State Reformatory’s psychiatric unit
Here’s a haunting look at what life is like on the inside for some of Kentucky’s prisoners suffering with mental illness. Photographed by Jenn Ackerman, this collection of pictures was run by Business Insider and documents life in Kentucky State Reformatory’s psychiatric unit.
And here’s a few facts that accompany the images: The psych unit started out with just 13 beds in 1998 but grew to 150 by 2008. While the ACLU found that prolonged isolation exacerbates mental illness, many inmates are stuck in cells for 23 hours a day. In September NBC reported that suicide killed more inmates that homicide, overdoses and accidents combined. Pretty harrowing stuff.
Via Business Insider