Youth gang members as a whole display a greater level of anti-authority than either peripheral youth or non-gang members. Gang-affiliated youth are often outside the bounds of the traditional mental health services and have particular needs. Because of the increased risk to exposure to violence, these youth have increased rates of post-traumatic stress disorder symptoms.
There are high levels of mental health disorders within the juvenile detention population as a whole, estimated to affect between 40–70%, including psychotic disorders, mood disorders, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, disruptive behavior disorders, and substance use disorders.
Start with the fact that whites and blacks use and abuse drugs at about the same rates. This is proven by the 2013 National Survey on Drug Use and Health of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. This study found drug and alcohol abuse among whites and blacks nearly the same with blacks reporting one percent higher on drug use than whites while whites have three percent higher rates of binge alcohol and one percent higher rates of substance abuse or dependence.
But when it comes to drug arrests, Blacks are arrested at a rate more than twice their percentage in the population. Twenty nine percent of drug arrests, according to FBI statistics, are of African American people.
Making situations even dicier, standard policing techniques can backfire when used in interactions with people with mental illness. Pointing a gun at a suspect or yelling can be “like pouring gasoline on a fire when you do that with the mentally ill,” Ron Honberg, policy director with the National Alliance on Mental Illness, told The Washington Post.
I’m the kind of human being you can contact, whenever you need to talk, whenever you feel like you have no one else to talk to or when you have things to talk about, you just can’t share with friends or family. That is one of the reasons why I started that nonprofit. Not just to collect mnoey, but to provide a place people can turn to when they feel alone. All it takes sometimes is a little trust from your side and an ear, time and heart from someone like me.
I know what it means to have someone because a long time ago, when I needed an ear desperately, there was one person that took the time to listen to me. And that is why I feel like I want to give back to people what I have received. I know it is going to help a lot.
I haven’t made the world and not everything that goes wrong in it is always my fault. I just live in this world and part of the journey of live is to find your place in it. There are things I can’t change and I have accepted that fact.
But there are things that can be changed and I am here to help making this change.
I have respect for everybody. No one has to earn my respect because I believe being respected by other human beings is a birthright.
The only thing a person can earn is another persons’ disrespect. I’m like the teacher who gives you an A+ at the beginning of every school year and you are the only one who can mess it up by purposely not attending classes, by forgetting homework repeatedly and by getting bad grades because you are unwilling to learn. I’m that kind of person that collects money for the poor, the ones in need, even though I could use some help myself.
Simply put, I know there are many who have it way worse than me.
A new study examining the economic toll of mass incarceration in the United States concludes that the full cost exceeds $1 trillion ― with about half of that burden falling on the families, children and communities of people who have been locked up.
The United States is the biggest jailer on the planet, with less than 5 percent of the world’s population but nearly 25 percent of its prisoners. Another 7 million Americans are either on probation or on parole. Operating all those federal and state prisons, plus running local jails, is generally said to cost the U.S. government about $80 billion a year.
But in a first-of-its-kind study, researchers at Washington University in St. Louis found that the $80 billion price tag is likely a gross underestimation, because it does not factor in the social costs of incarceration.
“We find that for every dollar in corrections costs, incarceration generates an additional $10 in social costs,” Carrie Pettus-Davis, director of the university’s Concordance Institute for Advancing Social Justice and a co-author of the study, said last week.