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Bedlam Behind Bars: Mental Health Problems in American Prisons

There is a crisis today in America’s prison system which has little to do with crime. It contributes to the abuse and even the deaths of some prisoners at the hands of those paid to take care of them. With access to two U.S. jails, this program finds America’s prisons are now having to accommodate vast numbers of inmates with serious mental health problems. The program reveals that more than a million mentally troubled Americans are imprisoned and may be chained to beds, sprayed with pepper spray, and kept in isolation indefinitely. A BBC Production.

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Bedlam Behind Bars: Introduction
More than 1 million prisoners in America have mental health problems. This segment orients viewers to Panorama's investigation behind bars.