Sunday, February 26, 2012

It's about time - Sheriff Tom Dart Considers Lawsuit Against the State of IL

It's about time "law enforcement" stakeholders across the US, stand up for 'change in the system'. GG Burns, KY Mental Health Advocate

In 1841, crusader Dorothea Dix sought help from the courts and legislators to end the plight of people with mental illnesses who were housed in unheated, unfurnished and foul-smelling jail cells.  "Nearly 200 years have passed and our jails have once again become the primary places where people with serious mental illnesses are housed," Quote from Miami-Dade County's Judge Steven Leifman, leader of Florida Partners in Crisis.
republished from the: HUFF POST, CHICAGO
 First Posted: 02/21/2012 5:53 pm Updated: 02/22/2012 2:15 pm 
Cook County Sheriff Tom Dart says the county jail is so overwhelmed with people whose offenses are more attributable to mental health issues than criminal impulses that the facility has become a source of mental health care for the city, and he's sick of it.
Of the 11,000 prisoners detained at Cook County Jail at any given time, Dart estimates that about 2,000 suffer from a serious form of mental illness, he told the CNC. At an estimated cost of about $143 per detainee per day, the overflow from the nearby state-run Elgin Mental Health Center, which can handle only 582 patients at a time, stands to put an undue burden on the jail's resources.  To read the entire article click here:
"1300-1400 people receive psychiatric treatment behind bars in the Cook County Jail. Minor crimes with major cost" ~ Ben Bradly