Evaluating reform propoals: dealing with “mental illness” in our jails and prisons


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Some questions to ask:

Does it deal with the issue of keeping the “mentally ill” out of jail??
Does it address issues of poverty, joblessness, and homelessness that might push people towards criminal behavior??

Does it address drug and alcohol issues which are often are the immediate precursor to criminal behavior?

Does it address the issue of access of mental health services adequate to need with proven effectiveness?

Does it address the issue of stigma or other conditions that might make a person reluctant to seek help??

Does it address the issue of helping people to develop adequate coping skills and tools to be successful in their communities?

Does it address the issue of contact with law enforcement personal?
Does it address the issue of CIT training to help law enforcement officials to be more appropriate and effective with individuals in a mental health crisis?

Does it address the issue…

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