Friday, February 04, 2005


Criminalization of the Mentally Ill

In the past 30 years we have seen a great sociological force at work. It is pushing the mentally ill from the realm of care and treatment into the pit of punishment.

We now have more mentally ill in prisons and jails than in hospitals or community treatment. The largest mental hospital in the USA is the psych ward of the Los Angeles County Jail.

I daresay, the largest mental hospital in any state is located at the psych unit of the county jail of its largest city.

Read more about this issue at the following links:

Read an ongoing discussion here.

Ending the Problem

Crime Reduction Act

Fact Sheet

Crime and the Mentally Ill

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