Individuals With Serious Mental Illnesses in County Jails: A Survey of Jail Staff’s Perspectives

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Public Citizen and the Treatment Advocacy Center are releasing a comprehensive national survey that captures the perspectives of county jail staff about inmates with serious mental illnesses. According to the report, 21 percent of the surveyed county jails reported that 16 percent or more of their inmates were seriously mentally ill. The report presents the challenges faced by county jail staff, including the limited training they are given to address the needs of these inmates, who do not belong in jails to begin with.

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