Structural Stigma In Criminal Justice

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The reading is important to our study of the Criminal Justice System and can relate to this course (CRIM131) as a result of factors such as deinstitutionalization, criminalization, and especially stigma all contribute to the overrepresentation of people with mental illnesses in the CJS. Stigma is especially important due to it being a social process that aims to exclude, reject, shame, and devalue groups of people because of specific characteristics, which in this case is mental illness. This includes the rules, policies, and practices of social institutions that arbitrarily restrict the rights of, and opportunities for, people with mental illnesses (aka structural stigma). Injustice and the state of not being equal are intertwined into the

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