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Why Are We Using Prisons to Treat Mental Illness? Over Criminalized

Instead of helping the mentally ill, police often put them behind bars. Watch how one police department is making a positive difference. WATCH MORE: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_66uT6…
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It’s simple. Diversion programs work better than incarceration – for everyone. In cities like Seattle, San Antonio, and Salt Lake City, we see that successful solutions are a viable option to help end serious social problems. These services alter the course of people’s lives in a positive way and save taxpayers huge amounts of money. We cannot continue to isolate and imprison people who suffer from mental illness, substance abuse, or homelessness. We must treat them with compassion and care to better serve our communities and our pocketbooks.

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