Mental Health Month

Criminal Justice reform means mental health service reform. Estimates of the number of incarcerated individuals with mental health problems vary by definition and by method, but the conservative estimate of the DOJ’s  Bureau of Justice Statistics is that more than half of all prison and jail inmates have a mental health problem, including  56% of State prisoners, 45% of Federal prisoners, and 64% of local jail inmates. In many if not most cases this represents a failure to provide adequate mental health services rather than a connection between mental health problems and criminal behavior. In part to address these issues, May is Mental Health Month.

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