Report: US Criminal Justice System Has Shortchanged Millions Of Inmates With Mental Illnesses.

Think Progress (4/11, Collins) reported that a new Urban Institute report found that “a shortage of in-house mental health services for a growing mentally disabled population, variations in the definition and management of psychological ailments, and lack of support for former inmates has created a national criminal justice system that has shortchanged millions of mentally ill inmates.” However, the report indicated that “there may be some hope in mental health courts and other diversion services that aim to provide mentally ill offenders with alternatives to incarceration that tackle the root of why they committed crime in the first place.”

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— “Introducing Mental Health Courts,”SAM P.K. Collins, Think Progress, April 10, 2015.

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