Oregon Reports Big Increase In State Prisoners With Mental Problems


One in three Oregon prison inmates have mental health issues, and their numbers are growing, reports The Oregonian. The agency’s latest inmate profile counted 4,672 who need mental health treatment. That’s up 17 percent from five years ago, when the count was 3,991.

Research at Oregon State Penitentiary found that “psychiatric medications are a primary form of treatment within the penitentiary for mental illness, either serious mental illness, or minor mental illnesses,” wrote Joseph Galanek.

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