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Post incarceration syndrome (PICS ®) is a serious problem that helps recidivism among drug offenders and the mentally ill released from correctional facilities. At present, 60% of inmates are in prison before and there is increasing evidence that post incarceration syndrome (PICS ®) is a contributing factor to this high rate of recidivism.

The concept of a post incarceration syndrome (PICS ®) has emerged from clinical consultation work with criminal justice programs for system rehabilitation work with prisoners currently incarcerated and treatment program for substance abuse and community mental health centers working with recently released prisoners.

This paper proposes an operational definition of post incarceration syndrome (PICS ®), describe the most common symptoms, recommend approaches to diagnosis and treatment, to explore the implications of this serious syndrome news for collective security, and discuss the need for policy action to reduce the number of prisoners and to ensure more humane treatment within our prisons, jails and correctional facilities as a means of prevention.

Post incarceration syndrome (PICS)

Post incarceration syndrome (PICS ®) is a mental disorder combined with four groups of symptoms: (1) established personality traits from a chronic state of learned helplessness, (2) posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) in After trauma before incarceration and institutional abuse, (3) antisocial personality traits (ASPT) developed as a response against institutional violence, and (4) a social-sensory deprivation syndrome caused by prolonged exposure to isolation. ® PICS often coexists with problems with substance abuse and a variety of affective disorders and personality.

The severity of symptoms is related to the level of resilience before incarceration, the length of incarceration, the restrictiveness of incarceration environment, the number and severity of episodes of institutional abuse are known, the number and duration of episodes of isolation and the level of participation in educational programs, vocational and rehabilitation.

Symptoms of post-incarceration

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