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Thu April 28, 2011
Mentally Ill Inundate State Prisons
About one in five prisoners in Connecticut is receiving mental health treatment .
According to the 2010 recidivism report recently released by the state, inmates with mental health problems are significantly more likely to end up back in jail once they get out.
The statistics reveal a flawed system of treatment and rehabilitation for the mentally ill in the state’s justice system - but it’s not confined to Connecticut.
Since the 1960s, when many large mental health hospitals were closed, the community mental health systems which were supposed to take their place never really happened.
By default, prisons have become the greatest providers of treatment for the mentally ill in the country.
Today, where we live, we’ll talk with Michael Lawlor, Governor Dannel Malloy’s new chief of criminal justice planning and policy. He’s looking for more effective treatment and alternatives.
We’ll also talk with experts in treating and dealing with mentally ill prisoners.