Tuesday, January 21, 2014

NPR looks into the mentally ill in jail -- we can do better than this!

Cook County Jail inmates head off to bond court after being screened for mental illness. If they then don't get released, the jail will separate the mentally ill from the other inmates.

Mentally Ill Are Often Locked Up In Jails That Can't Help

Click this link to read/listen to the story on NPR

I can't conceive of anything more ridiculously stupid by government than to do what we're doing right now.

"Clearly, our society had determined that the state-run mental hospitals were abhorrent, that, my God, our society cannot tolerate this, we're much more advanced than that," Dart says. "I just find the irony so thick that that same society finds it OK to put the same people in jails and prisons."  ~ Cook County Sheriff Tom Dart

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