Jail Has Replaced Mental Hospitals, Except Without Treatment

Jails have become “de facto mental hospitals” and detox centers, the Vera Institute warns. This “is at odds with the design, operation, and resources in most jails. Characterized by constant noise, bright lights, an ever-changing population, and an atmosphere of threat and violence, most jails are unlikely to offer any respite for people with mental illness. Coupled with the near-absence of mental health treatment, time in jail is likely to mean further deterioration in their illness.”

via Go Directly to Jail—And Then Stay There: How the Misuse of Jails Is Fueling America’s Overincarceration – Hit & Run : Reason.com.