Sure, what happens inside is messed up, but what's happening outside?
That in itself should've been an indicator to someone - anyone - in charge of all this. It should've been a call to action. And it was. Action was taken, alright, but it wasn't the kind anyone wanted. What was undertaken by the brainwashed and corrupted zombies was to build more hospitals, and for the hospitals with little-used wings, transfer the patients to out to get a free wing, then label it as another psych wing. Some hospitals could easily have 5 or more psych wings because of this.
And as much public outrage that occurred, the public was then quickly coerced into silence. The same people who had sanctioned the conversion and building of new hospitals supplied an edict. "If what's going on out here bothers you, then maybe you should be in here." was the general theme to it.
If you asked those people why so many people were being institutionalized, especially after the movements in the 50's that resulted in much fewer people being actually locked up for a great length of time, they'd say it was for the greater good. They'd tout that crume had gone down as well as the suicide rates since they did that. They were wrong, but they were also right. They were right the rates had gone down, but they were wrong that it made it a better country. The only reason these rates had gone down was because there was nobody left to perpetrate the crimes or commit the suicides! If anything, locking up this many people for this long was more traumatizing than helpful to any of them.
But none of the souls in Belleville Asylum know a single thing about what's going on outside those walls. Most news was forbidden because it was 'potentially detremental to a patient's mentall outlook and/or wellbeing'. As a result, many of them no longer knew what day or time it was. All they knew that the hospital was growing more and more crowded by the day, people were now being forced to sleep on the floor, and there didn't seem to be enough food, beds, or supplies most of the time, and nobody seemed to be getting out any sime soon. But they always seemed to have more than enough drugs.