France: Psychiatry at the service of security
25 years of psychiatric service in prison: a look at the situation.
Cyrille Canetti is a psychiatrist. Between 1996 and 2021, he provided professional assistance to individuals in various prisons in the Île-de-France region. For two years (2014-2016), he was employed at the Contrôleur General des lieux de privation de liberté. In the spring of 2021, he quit the Regional Medical and Psychological Services (Service médicopsychologique régional, SMPR) of La Santé Prison. He explained his decision: “As my unit head did not wish to keep me as the head of my department, I bowed out while the door was still open. After a period of resentment, I took a step back and asked myself how I held out for so long in an environment fraught with violence and absurdity.”
Cyrille Canetti has since become a consultant for released prisoners at Saint Anne’s Hospital in Paris. Prison Insider conducted this (critical) interview on psychiatry and prison.