Tuesday, June 05, 2007

Mental Illness Crisis in the System?

From Crime & Consequences, an interesting manipulation of the facts (but what is "clarion call"? Is that, like, a seagull? Obnoxious, or inspiring?)

As discussed here, there's a lot of problems with the clarion call of a mental illness crisis in our jails and prisons. That said, a new article in this month's issue of Psychiatric Services has a notable finding: 92% of jail inmates in the study with diagnosed severe mental illness were non-adherent with treatment before their arrest. Furthermore, of those 92%, 72% had a prior arrest for violent crime. This study adds to a growing body of research suggesting that a subgroup of people with mental illness are more violent when compared to the general population.

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