The Virginian-Pilot: Jailed in Crisis

Number 28403
Subject Criminal Justice System
Source Virginian-Pilot (Norfolk, Va.)
Year 2018
Publication Date August - December 2018
Summary In a first-of-it’s-kind investigation, the Virginian-Pilot tracked down more than 400 cases across the country in which people with mental illness died in jails, documenting the scope of a tragedy that’s been unfolding for decades: too many people are being jailed instead of treated and many are dying in horrific ways and under preventable circumstances. The series goes on to detail how so many people ended up in jails because of a lack of mental health services and how some municipalities are finding ways to get them into treatment. The investigation prompted long-delayed action by the U.S. Justice Department to address the conditions for people with mental illness in the Hampton Roads Regional Jail in Portsmouth, Virginia.
Category Contest Entry
Keywords Virginian-Pilot, criminal justice, jails, mental illness, treatment, mental health, Justice Department, conditions, Hampton Roads Regional Jail, Portsmouth, Virginia
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