• Jails are Nation’s Largest Institutions for Mentally Ill

    Fifty years ago, America had about 600,000 state hospital beds for individuals suffering mental illnesses. Today, there are fewer than 40,000. In contrast, a Bureau of Justice Statistics study estimated there are approximately 1 million mentally ill individuals in America’s prisons and jails. Consequently, the nation’s largest mental health facilities are no longer psychiatric hospitals […]

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