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An Imprisoned Mind: Reporting on Mental Health and Criminal Justice System

Tuesday, May 12, 2015 12:08 PM

Decades of reduced budgets for community mental health programs and state hospitals, paired with “tough on crime” legislation and “War on Drugs” policies, have effectively criminalized mental illness. For the majority of the justice-involved population struggling with mental illness, however, state and local correctional institutions are the only places where they can expect to receive some form of treatment, however minimal.

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Fellows Stories

Snohomish County mental health court offers a way out of the web of despai
Diana Hefley, Herald Net
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Conference Audio

Panel 1: Then & Now What's Changed for the Justice Involved with Mental Illness

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