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Intersections of Mass Incarceration and Mental Illness
Why are prisons the nation’s mental hospitals?
Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis | Indiana Medical History Museum
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Central Branch of the Indianapolis Public Library
40 East St. Clair Street, Indianapolis, IN 46204-1131
April 20, 2017May 14, 2017

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Indiana: Intersections of Mass Incarceration and Mental Illness
Why are prisons the nation’s mental hospitals?
Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis | Indiana Medical History Museum

In the early 1800's, Americans opened hospitals to care for people with mental illness, removing patients from their communities for treatment into often-overcrowded hospital wards. Indiana's first mental hospital, Central State, opened in 1848. This facility's 1994 closure was part of a nationwide process called the deinstitutionalization that began in the 1960's. Policymakers, politicians, and phsychiatrists worled intensively to create community-based mental health care. However in Indiana, like most of the country, these facilities were inadequate to the need. Today, encounters between people with mental illness and law enforcement result in more people with mental illness recieving care in correctional facilities than in state hospitals. The stress and isolation of incarceration often causes people's mental health to deteriorate. Policies including mental health counts, which Indianapolis advocates pioneered, divert people with mental illness from correctional facilities. Improving conditions in prisons and jails and providing treatment upon release could break the cycle.

Our Point of View

In this project, we discovered the complexities of our topic; it involves the history of mental illness, the penal system, current events, and people marginalized by society. Our research included meeting with people directly impacted by serious mental illness and incarceration. Because of the stigma associated with mental health and incarceration, we strive to represent the stories of people impacted by these topics respectfully by using intentional language and imagery that maintains their dignity and privacy.

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Indiana: Intersections of Mass Incarceration and Mental Illness    Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis
Why are prisons the nation’s mental hospitals?
Indiana: Intersections of Mass Incarceration and Mental Illness
Why are prisons the nation’s mental hospitals?
  Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis
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Indiana Medical History Museum
Explore the beginnings of scientific psychiatry and modern medicine in a historic setting.

The Indiana Medical History Museum staff members took students from IUPUI on a tour of the museum, which is located in an 1895 building that originally was the pathology lab of the Central State Hospital.

Interview of Ray Lay 1
Crawfordsville's Rotary Jail and Mental Illness
A Nurse's Reflection on Mental Health Then and Now

National Exhibition Venue    Central Branch of the Indianapolis Public Library

Public Dialogues and Events
| April 20 – May 14, 2017

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Film
Mar 18, 2017

Saturday, March 18, 2017

IN: Film Screening and Panel: 13th

Description: 

This public screening of the documentary 13th by director Ava DuVernay will be followed by a panel discussion facilitated by Dr. Ivan Douglas Hicks with experts Dr. James Kilgore, Dr. Terri Jett, Dr. James Dix, III, and Marshawn Wolley. The audience is invited to be part of a public conversation about the impact of mass incarceration on Indianapolis communities. The film screening begins at 2pm with the panel discussion following at 4pm.
Free and open to the public.
Registration required here.

Program support provided by The Circle City (IN) Chapter of Links, Inc., Netflix, New School Humanities Action Lab, National...read more…

Time: 
2 PM to 5 PM
Venue: 

Central Branch of the Indianapolis Public Library
Auditorium
40 East St. Clair Street
Indianapolis, IN 46204-1131

Apr 10, 2017
States of Incarceration

States of Incarceration Exhibition in Sheila C. Johnson Design Center. Credit: Nupur Mathur

States of Incarceration

States of Incarceration Exhibition in Sheila C. Johnson Design Center. Credit: Nupur Mathur

Monday, April 10, 2017

IN: Pages to Prisoners Book Drive

Description: 

Donors are asked to bring new or like new books which will be given to prisons for their libraries and educational programs. Particular needs include Spanish language books, GED test prep books, and high school level text books for math and science, as well as mystery, adventure, westerns, and science fiction.
Collection boxes at the IUPUI University Library and the States of Incarceration exhibit at the Indianapolis Public Library.
More information about the program here.

Program support provided by The New School Humanities Action Lab, National Endowment for the Humanities, Indiana Humanities, Institute of Museum and Library Services, IUPUI...read more…

Time: 
Through May 14
Venue: 

Central Branch of the Indianapolis Public Library
40 E. St. Clair Street
Indianapolis, IN 46206-0211

Conference
Apr 13, 2017

Courtesy of: W.H. Bass Photo Company Collection, Indiana Historical Society

Courtesy of: W.H. Bass Photo Company Collection, Indiana Historical Society

Thursday, April 13, 2017

IN: Inside-Out with Lori Pompa: A Public Conversation About Social Change Through Transformative Education

Description: 

Lori Pompa, founder of The Inside-Out Prison Exchange Program, an educational program that facilitate dialogue across difference, will lead a conversation with Inside-Out instructors, students, and graduates about innovative approaches to engaging a wide range of stakeholders committed to social justice. Participants will also have the opportunity to view the newly installed States of Incarceration exhibition.

Program support provided by The New School Humanities Action Lab, National Endowment for the Humanities, Indiana Humanities, Institute of Museum and Library Services, IUPUI Museum Studies Program, Cultural Heritage Research Center, IU School of Liberal Arts, , IUPUI Arts and Humanities Institute, Inside-Out Center,...read more…

Time: 
6:30 PM to 8:30 PM
Venue: 

Central Branch of the Indianapolis Public Library
Riley Room
40 East St. Clair Street
Indianapolis, IN 46204-1131

Conference
Apr 18, 2017

Tuesday, April 18, 2017

IN: Pages to Prisoners Book Drive Workshop

Description: 

This workshop conducted by Midwest Pages for Prisoners, a nonprofit based in Bloomington, offers training for librarians about how to organize book drives to collect books for people who are incarcerated. Participating librarians will gain two LEU's from the workshop.
Registration required: 317-275-4807

Program support provided by The New School Humanities Action Lab, National Endowment for the Humanities, Indiana Humanities, Institute of Museum and Library Services, Midwest Pages for Prisoners, IUPUI Museum Studies Program, Cultural Heritage Research Center, IU School of Liberal Arts, IUPUI Arts and Humanities Institute, , and The Indianapolis Public Library.read more…

Time: 
1 PM to 2:30 PM
Venue: 

Central Branch of the Indianapolis Public Library
Riley Room and Knall Meeting Room
40 East St. Clair Street
Indianapolis, IN 46204-1131

Exhibition
Apr 20, 2017
Central Library Atrium

Central Library Atrium Courtesy of: Wikipedia

Central Library Atrium

Central Library Atrium Courtesy of: Wikipedia

Thursday, April 20, 2017

IN: States of Incarceration Opening in Indianapolis

Description: 

Official opening of States of Incarceration with a reception, with opportunities to view the exhibit and participate in hands-on art response activities. Anne Parsons, Department of History, University of North Carolina at Greensboro, will offer remarks on the intersections of the rise of mass incarceration with the deinstitutionalization of mental hospitals. Moderated by Modupe Labode, a panel of Indianapolis leaders, including Maurice Young, will offer perspectives on the implications of these issues for the city.
Event details available on Facebook and Eventbrite.

In the early 1800s, Americans opened hospitals to care for people with mental illness, removing patients...read more…

Time: 
6PM Reception; 7PM Program
Venue: 

Central Branch of the Indianapolis Public Library
40 E. St. Clair St.,
Indianapolis, IN 46204

Performance
Apr 21, 2017

Courtesy of: IUPUI University Library Center for Digital Scholarship

Courtesy of: IUPUI University Library Center for Digital Scholarship

Friday, April 21, 2017

IN: Voices of Incarceration: Spoken Word, Art & Dialogue

Description: 

Spoken word poetry and art making combine to create a space for creative responses and thought-provoking conversations about mass incarceration and its impact on our community.
Free and open to the public. Event details here.

Program support provided by New School Humanities Action Lab, National Endowment for the Humanities, Indiana Humanities, IUPUI Social Justice Education, Institute of Museum and Library Services, IUPUI Museum Studies Program, Cultural Heritage Research Center, IU School of Liberal Arts, IUPUI Arts and Humanities Institute, and The Indianapolis Public Library.read more…

Time: 
7 PM to 10 PM
Venue: 

Fletchers Place Art and Books
642 Virginia Avenue
Indianapolis, IN 46203

Conference
Apr 28, 2017

Friday, April 28, 2017

IN: Mental Health First Aid Certification

Description: 

This program is an 8-hour course that offers training and certification for those responding to persons affected by mental illness (similar to the traditional Red Cross First Aid training). The cost is $10.
Registration is required here.

Program support provided by The New School Humanities Action Lab, National Endowment for the Humanities, Indiana Humanities, Institute of Museum and Library Services, Mental Health First Aid, IUPUI Museum Studies Program, Cultural Heritage Research Center, IU School of Liberal Arts, IUPUI Arts and Humanities Institute, and The Indianapolis Public Library.read more…

Time: 
8AM to 4:30PM
Venue: 

IUPUI Campus - Cavanaugh Hall
425 University Boulevard
Room 411
Indianapolis, IN 46202

Conference
Apr 29, 2017

Saturday, April 29, 2017

IN: Mass Story Lab: Public Conversation About Re-entry

Description: 

This dialogue-based program brings together people with diverse perspectives and experiences to explore re-entry issues in central Indiana. It uses the Mass Story Lab model developed by Piper Anderson of Create Forward in which the stories of people directly impacted by mass incarceration become the lens through which communities imagine a world beyond prisons.
Reservations recommended as space is limited.

Program support provided by The New School Humanities Action Lab, National Endowment for the Humanities, Indiana Humanities, Institute of Museum and Library Services, Create Forward, LLC, IUPUI Museum Studies Program, Cultural Heritage Research Center, IU School of Liberal Arts, IUPUI...read more…

Time: 
10AM to 1PM
Venue: 

Central Branch of the Indianapolis Public Library
40 East St. Clair Street
Indianapolis, IN 46204-1131

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