Americans with severe mental illnesses are three times more likely to be in jail or prison.

Author:Scafuri, Jenna
Position::Inter Alia
 
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Americans with severe mental illnesses are three times more likely to be in jail or prison than in a psychiatric hospital, reported the Treatment Advocacy Center and the National Sheriffs' Association in More Mentally Ill Persons Are in Jails and Prisons Than Hospitals: A Survey of the States. The report found a very strong correlation between states that have more mentally ill persons in jails and prisons and states that are spending less money on mental health services. The data shows ratios of imprisonment versus hospitalization vary between states, noting a range between an equal number of mentally ill individuals in hospitals as in jails or prisons (North Dakota), to nearly 10 times as many mentally ill individuals in prisons and jails than in hospitals (Nevada). Of these, at least 16 percent of inmates in jails and prisons have a...

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