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




….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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