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Jailing the Mentally ill

In 2014, we reported that our jails were filled with the mentally ill. In 2014, California Channel 9 reported that one-third of the 3,000 inmates, in Orange County jail, had serious mental illnesses. The investigation revealed the same individuals,having mental health issues, were arrested numerous times for misdemeanors, such as trespassing and disorderly conduct. The […]

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L A Jail–Filled with Mentally ill, Addicted Inmates

Since 2010, the Los Angeles jail’s population has increased almost 50 percent. Almost every inmate, in this latest increase of inmates, has addiction and mental health issues. Approximately one third of the jail population, 4,000 inmates have mental health issues. The jail’s officials have attributed the increase in mentally ill inmates on methamphetamine use (known […]

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Changing Solitary Confinement

For many years, lonely voices in the wilderness have cried out against the abusive use of solitary confinement in American prisons and jails. The pleas for reasonable use of this punishment were ignored because our prison systems were focused on punishment and not rehabilitation. The failure of the punishment policy is demonstrated by the United […]

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Locking Up the Mentally Ill

The United States has an illness. Our prisons and jails are filled with the mentally ill. Every month, there is another investigation revealing that a substantial number of inmates incarcerated for minor crimes are suffering from mental illnesses. Channel 9’s report about Orange County Jail disclosed that one-third of the 3,000 inmates presently imprisoned have […]

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“Jails have become the dumping ground ”

According to Michigan Oakland County Sheriff Mike Bouchard, “Jails have become the dumping ground” for the mentally ill. The sheriff added, “the state and the federal government have pretty much walked away, in my opinion.” If you think this is an isolated opinion, listen to sheriffs in Indiana. Franklin County Sheriff Kenneth Murphy told the […]

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Tom Dart, Cook County Sheriff: Prisons & Jails are the New Insane Asylums

Cook County Sheriff Tom Dart appeared last night on 60 minutes to illustrate a growing problem with our prisons and jails, Dart shared videos recorded by his staff inside his jail showing mentally ill inmates behaving erratically. Sheriff Dart stated, this is “what happens when we take mentally ill people and we cram them into […]

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