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February 6th, 2009
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Staying aware of how many of our people are in prison

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From:rachelann1977
Date:February 6th, 2009 11:50 pm (UTC)
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Also,you have to keep in mind, ever since all the mental hospitals closed, prisons, jails and streets are the only places many of those folks have left to go...........

Minorities, homeless, and the very poor with mental disorders often go either undiagnosed or undertreated, thus often end up with little or no ability to care for themselves, so you can see how this is a self-perpetuating cycle.

I'm not saying it accounts for anywhere near the whole problem, but it may be as much as a third of it, so it shouldn't be forgotten or ignored.
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From:netmouse
Date:February 7th, 2009 04:34 pm (UTC)
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well, yes, re-establishing mental institutions would not only reduce the prison population, it would also improve the experience of both the regular prison inmates and the ones who *should* be in mental institutions.

Personally, though, I think this needs to go hand in hand with affordable outpatient care for mental disorders, to help people live outside of institutions. New technologies for tracking patients and making for they get medicated on schedule could help with this, if people were motivated to use them.
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