Jails are America’s Largest “Mental Health” Facilities: Cook County is Humane

 

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BY LESLEY STAHL / CBS NEWS

….Cook County Jail was already one of the largest mental health facilities in the country in 2012, when Chicago closed down half its mental health clinics. These men — the high-functioning mentally ill — are bused five days a week to a program that is now a model for other jails across the country. They get medication, visits with psychiatrists, and group therapy….

Lengths of stay run from a week or less to 8 or 9 years. Some of the people who spend years here are the mentally ill, who make up about a third of the population, and are the jail’s biggest cost….

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