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Old 11-28-2011, 07:08 PM
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Default After closing psychiatric hospitals, Michigan incarcerates mentally ill

After closing psychiatric hospitals, Michigan incarcerates mentally ill

Wayne County Sheriff Benny Napoleon spoke for most sheriffs when he said, during a community meeting earlier this year, that his jail had become his county's largest mental health care institution.
Over the last two decades, changes in state policy and big cuts in funding for community mental health care have pushed hundreds of thousands of mentally ill people into county jails and state prisons.

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The article isn't anything new for those of us who have been here for awhile but the comments are surprisingly supportive. Even those tough on crime people are starting to realize a lot of crimes could be prevented and money saved with proper treatment of mental illness.

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Jeff Garrett is one of the few reporters that have looked into this shameful practice of criminalizing mental illness.

The MDOC cannot deny there are a large number of inmates receiving psychiatric services. Typically, these are people who have well-documented histories of a relatively recent (in prison) psychosis, to clearly meet all or most of the DSM-IV diagnostic criteria. Yet, a significant number of mentally disordered prisoners are screened out of mental health treatment and often ending up being treated as disciplinary problems and confined to the harsh and punitive environment of segregation units, where their conditions often deteriorated further.
People with mental illness and severe mental disorders face special problems in prison because many of the symptoms they exhibit are exacerbated by the general prison environment and its demands for strict rule conformity.
Many people do not fit neatly into pre-conceived diagnostic criteria, and those who become management problems and are considered to be management problems best handled by a custodial rather than treatment approach. Mental health Policy Directives are clearly ignored over custodial norms.

Mental illness behavior reports greatly effects parole release decisions.
There are currently no parole board members with a mental health background.

Thousands of prisoners in the state’s correctional system who have already served the minimum sentence required by law could safely be released now and save the state tens of millions of dollars in prison operating costs. The parole board is simply substituting its judgment for that of trial court and the legislators who adopted sentencing guidelines, it is effectively engaged not in risk assessment but resentencing.

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