Another forensic psychology blog featured an article written by Arthur Grahame in 1935. The article was published in the May 1935 edition of Popular Science magazine and discusses psychopathy. It’s an interesting read, and while some of the information has been disproved, a good portion of the article describes psychopathy within similar constructs of today’s standards.
Interestingly, the article also discusses the dilemma of housing mentally ill persons in prison settings while occasionally treating psychopathic individuals in mental institutions. This is still a common occurrence today; as state psychiatric hospitals continue to close down, the mentally ill are redirected into the correctional system. As a result, there are more mentally ill people in the correctional system than in hospitals.
The Puppies Behind Bars program, started by Gloria Gilbert Stoga in 1997, began at the Bedford Hills Correctional Facility in New York State. Since its inception, it has branched out to include five more correctional facilities in the Northeast. While the Puppies Behind Bars program is probably the most famous of its type (largely thanks to Oprah), there are other programs throughout the country that are similar in nature.