Case Suggests System For Monitoring Inmates Mental Health After Release “Haphazard”

On its front page Saturday, the New York Times (6/7, A1, Schwirtz, Santora, Belluck, Subscription Publication) examined the system for post-incarceration mental healthcare against the backdrop of a New York man accused of stabbing a young boy to death and leaving another young child critically wounded. The Times says that even though “the numbers of inmates with mental illness have surged in jails and prisons across the country in recent years,” their mental healthcare and fitness for society “can be haphazard” afterward. New York state “has more tools” than most, yet “there are many ways for mentally unstable people who might be dangerous to slip through the cracks.”

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— “Stabbing Case Shows Lapses in Treatment for the Mentally Ill,” Michael Schwirtz, New York Times, June 6, 2014.

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