assignment includes critically viewing two 50 minute PBS documentaries—“The New Asylums” and “The Released”—and then writing an

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VIDEO 1 The Assylum on youtube

https://www.pbs.org/video/frontline-new-asylums/

Video 2 https://www.pbs.org/wgbh/frontline/film/released/

ASSIGNMENT INSTRUCTIONS

Assignment: Update + Freedom Paper

Overview: This assignment includes critically viewing two 50 minute PBS documentaries—“The New Asylums” and “The Released”—and then writing an

1) update and

2) a structured paper on the theme of freedom, incorporating examples from the documentaries.

1) UPDATE The update is an exploration on the current state of the intersection between some with severe, persistent mental illness and prisons in the U.S.

Rationale for providing an update: The assigned documentaries date back to 2009 but are included in the course because of the following:

A) the videos include individuals demonstrating symptoms of severe and persistent mental illnesses in real-life settings;

B) good documentaries on topics like these are rare, and significant changes in large bureaucracies tend to be extremely slow.

Instructions for Update: Since the videos date back to 2009, many may wonder if the information in “The New Asylums” and “The Released” is still relevant? Accurate? Normative? Provide an update on something of importance in the documentaries.

⦁ Label the pararagraph “Update.” Find and discuss an article or video (e.g., youtube) created within the past 3 years, or interview someone who works in social services or corrections, that provides updated information on at least one aspect of the intersection between some individuals with persistent, severe mental illnesses and the prison (not jails) system in the USA. Are conditions in PRISON (not jails) similar to how they were in 2009? Write a paragraph with the heading “Update.” Discuss your findings and compare them to information from the documentaries.

⦁ Attach the article or include the website address. Make sure I can see/find your source material.

a more general sense of what’s happening in the U.S. prison system would be more informative.

Examples of information related to the videos:

— Are there currently many individuals with severe and persistent mental illnesses in the prison system? What do you make of this information?

–Is isolation still utilized? Has its use been reduced? Discuss.

–Are mental health services in prisons adequate? Have they changed? Discuss

–Are adequate numbers of half-way houses with structured supports or other social supports available for those with severe and persistent mental illnesses who are released from prison? Discuss.

–Most individuals with persistent and severe mental illnesses would be receiving disability payments through social security and have medical care via Medicaid, but did the Affordable Care Act in 2009 make an appreciable difference in the lives of poor individuals with severe and persistent mental illnesses? Is there even a longer waiting list for psychiatric services secondary to the ACA, or have things improved? Discuss.

Scoring for Update: labeled “update,” discussion of recent information/update on topic, + access to article/video

2) Freedom Paper In a minimum of 3 pages, double-spaced, 12-pt font) analyze the issue of freedom as it relates to material in “The New Asylums” and “The Released.” Papers which don’t meet the minimum requirement for length often tend to lack depth and are graded accordingly.

Don’t summarize the content of the videos; instead, write to an audience who has already watched both documentaries and provide analysis/critical evaluation of the topic of “freedom” as it pertains to video material. As shown in the videos, freedom is often a complex and paradoxical concept for those with severe and persistent mental illnesses. There is more to freedom than whether or not someone is incarcerated. Examine multiple facets of freedom demonstrated in the videos as they pertain to those with severe and persistent mental illnesses. NO additional source material should be utilized, though including something minor such as a dictionary definition of freedom (cited, of course) is fine. You do NOT need to cite the Frontline documentaries.

Papers should follow these guidelines:

**This is a structured paper. Adherence to the organizational structure of the Paper Outline below is crucial. The paper will consist of FIVE paragraphs, no more and no less, which are clearly distinguished from one another either through spacing or indentation of paragraphs (if all else fails, write “paragraph 1,” etc). Five, and only five, distinct paragraphs need to be readily discerned.

*A logical structure, including an introduction that engages the reader. A clear organizational pattern that incorporates appropriate transitions between sentences and paragraphs.

*Analysis and critical evaluation (NOT a summary) of the multifaceted theme of freedom in terms of those with severe and persistent mental illnesses as demonstrated in the videos.

*Demonstration of active, critical thinking with the theme of the reflection paper (freedom) explicit and incorporated into each paragraph in the paper. Keep the reader’s focus connected to the theme of the paper, which are complex issues related to the concept of freedom. The word “freedom” should be generously sprinkled throughout your paper, and throughout each paragraph.

*Each paragraph in the body of the paper demonstrates clear, careful, and extensive thought about how the paragraph’s topic impacts freedom for those with severe and persistent mental illnesses. This means that facets of the paragraph’s topic and its relation to freedom need to be interwoven and overtly discussed repeatedly throughout the paragraph.

*Include at least one specific example from each documentary (not one in each paragraph; just one example from each in the paper) to support/illustrate points or to arouse interest in your introduction paragraph.

*The paper does NOT address “solutions” to the issues raised in the documentaries; instead, the paper discusses different, complex facets of freedom for those with severe and persistent mental illnesses in relation to the videos.

*See Freedom paper outline and Grading Rubric which follow.

Freedom Paper Outline

I. Introductory paragraph 1

A. Attention-getter related to theme of paper, 3-5 sentences. This helps the reader become interested in your paper, and fosters a desire to read further.

B. Highlight in bold the thesis statement, a one sentence overview of your paper in which freedom, and three topics related to freedom for the mentally ill, are included. Identify three areas/topics related to freedom for the mentally ill which will then be explored separately in three subsequent paragraphs comprising the “Body” of the paper.

Example: The concept of freedom for those with severe and persistent mental illness is often complicated by factors of ……., ……., and ……. as demonstrated in Frontline’s videos “The New Asylums” and “The Released.”

In the thesis statement, identify the three topics that will be discussed one at a time in the subsequent three paragraphs as they relate to freedom for those with severe and persistent mental illness. In the example above, each “……..”should be filled in with a separate topic (e.g., topic 1, topic 2, and topic 3). You have my permission to use the model sentence, if you’d like, and you don’t need to cite it.

II. Body of Paper

A. Paragraph 2

1. Highlight in bold the topic sentence, which indicates the ONE, first topic of the thesis statement that will be addressed in the paragraph and links it to the paper’s theme, freedom.

The topic of the paragraph and how it affects freedom are both introduced in the topic sentence. BOTH the topic of the paragraph, and its relation to freedom, need to be included in the paragraph’s topic sentence.

2. The paragraph sticks closely to the subject of the topic sentence, and overtly and frequently discusses/demonstrates how this topic impacts the freedom of those with severe and persistent mental illness as demonstrated in the videos. You should be mentioning aspects of the topic and their impact on freedom as you progress through the paragraph, linking your statements back to the videos (do NOT focus on a “solution”).

3. Include specific, relevant, supporting examples/details from the videos to add support.

4. The paragraph concludes with 1-2 sentences that summarize the material from the paragraph. This would include information about the topic and its impact on freedom for those with severe and persistent mental illness. You will restate information you’ve already shared, using different words/sentences. Again, this can feel redundant to the writer, but it won’t feel like that to the reader.

B. Paragraph 3

1. Highlight in bold the topic sentence, which indicates the second topic of the thesis statement that will be addressed in the paragraph and links it to the paper’s theme, freedom.

The topic of the paragraph and how it affects freedom are both introduced in the topic sentence. BOTH the topic of the paragraph, and its relation to freedom, need to be included in the paragraph’s topic sentence.

2. The paragraph sticks closely to the subject of the topic sentence, and overtly and frequently discusses/demonstrates how this topic impacts the freedom of those with severe and persistent mental illness as demonstrated in the videos. You should be mentioning aspects of the topic and their impact on freedom as you progress through the paragraph, linking your statements back to the videos (do NOT focus on a “solution”).

3. Include specific, relevant, supporting examples/details from the videos to add support.

4. The paragraph concludes with 1-2 sentences that summarize the material from the paragraph. This would include information about the topic and its impact on freedom for those with severe and persistent mental illness. You will restate information you’ve already shared, using different words/sentences. Again, this can feel redundant to the writer, but it won’t feel like that to the reader.

C. Paragraph 4

1. Highlight in bold the topic sentence, which indicates the third topic of the thesis statement that will be addressed in the paragraph and links it to the paper’s theme, freedom.

The topic of the paragraph and how it affects freedom are both introduced in the topic sentence. BOTH the topic of the paragraph, and its relation to freedom, need to be included in the paragraph’s topic sentence.

2. The paragraph sticks closely to the subject of the topic sentence, and overtly and frequently discusses/demonstrates how this topic impacts the freedom of those with severe and persistent mental illness as demonstrated in the videos. You should be mentioning aspects of the topic and their impact on freedom as you progress through the paragraph, linking your statements back to the videos (do NOT focus on a “solution”).

3. Include specific, relevant, supporting examples/details from the videos to add support.

4. The paragraph concludes with 1-2 sentences that summarize the material from the paragraph. This would include information about the topic and its impact on freedom for those with severe and persistent mental illness. You will restate information you’ve already shared, using different words/sentences. Again, this can feel redundant to the writer, but it won’t feel like that to the reader.

III. Concluding Paragraph 5

⦁ Highlight in bold a restatement (state it in different words) of the thesis (from your

introduction, paragraph 1).

B. Summarize, evaluate, analyze, and apply your paper’s material as it impacts the freedom of those with severe and persistent mental illnesses. If desired, here you can discuss “solutions,” though they are not necessary.