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  We Spend $9 Billion a Year to Lock Up People With Mental Illnesses: Here’s What We Should Do Instead San Antonio, TX has found a better approach to mental illness than handcuffs and jail cells.     http://www.alternet.org/civil-liberties/we-spend-9-billion-year-lock-people-mental-illnesses-heres-what-we-should-do-instead

IT IS TIME TO STOP WASTING MINDS

Officials at the highest-security federal prison in America have taken steps to address mental- health issues among the prison’s inmates, following a lawsuit that accuses the government of indifference. Now time for states to file suits! Read more: Supermax prison officials move to address mental health after lawsuit – The Denver Post http://www.denverpost.com/news/ci_22064773/supermax-prison-officials-move-address-mental-health-after#ixzz2DJzYvis1 Read The…

Building Alliances between the Mental Health and Criminal Justice Systems

“There is growing evidence that keeping individuals with mental illness out of the criminal justice system by engaging them in treatment and providing appropriate supports reduces both human and economic costs. The majority of arrests of people with mental illness involve non-violent charges such as crimes against the public order or property offenses. In Cook…