Justiça Social e Saúde

19 de maio, 2022

Penrose hypothesis and ethical implications, 2015

In 1939 the Penrose hypothesis suggested that the number of psychiatric hospital beds was inversely related to the size of prison populations.1 Several studies were conducted inspired by the correlation between health and penal policies. Since the end of the 1990’s, the Penrose hypothesis has not been subjected to new significant empirical studies, particularly in South American countries, where health care reform abdicated addressing asylum-based treatment to mental care.

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