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Legislation Would Reduce Number of People With Mental Illness in Jails

"Something is wrong when we use the criminal justice system as a mental health system,” said Sen. Al Franken (D-Minn., left) today at a Capitol Hill briefing. America’s county governments couldn’t agree more.“Counties across the nation routinely provide services to the estimated two million people with serious mental illnesses booked into jail each year, and prevalence rates of serious mental illnesses in jails are three to six times higher than for the general population,” said representatives of the National Association of Counties (NACo) and the Justice Center of the Council...

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Published By: Psychiatric News - Tuesday, 9 December, 2014

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