Locking up the sick

Number 22574
Subject Mental Health
Source Gazette (Colorado Springs, CO)
State CO
Year 2005
Publication Date 8/28/05
Summary The Gazette found a direct correlation between cuts in Colorado's public mental health system and increased incarceration of mentally ill people. Prisons and jails are unequipped to treat their mentally ill inmates, who often commit crimes while incarcerated and serve time beyond their original sentences. The Gazette also found high recidivism rates among mentally ill ex-convicts.
Category Computer-Assisted Reporting
Pages 9
Keywords mental illness;jails;prisons;corrections system;crime;incarceration;public health;mental health services cuts
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