MADNESS BEHIND BARS | The histories of the mentally ill forgotten by state
The brazilian prison system was once called "medieval" by the Minister of Justice, its own general chief. Among the prisoners, people who could not be there: hundreds of mentally ill forgotten by the public power.
Those people are considered unimpeachable or semi-imputable, once the manifestation of psychiatric problems prevented understanding of crimes. They should being in medical treatment but in practice, they serve time in jail.
The violation of human rights committed with the tolerance of the State is flagrant. Hospitals used to house people with mental disorders and in conflict with the law are potential areas of torture, in accordance with established by an the United Nations (UN) committee, from of visits made in the country. The Torture Prevention Subcommittee (TPS), linked to to the UN and with the participation of Brazil, completed a report on the deprivation of liberty in four brazilian states and included impressions on institutions that should offer psychiatric treatment to mentally ill offenders.The document was sent to the Secretary of Human Rights of the Presidency of the Republic.