Early intervention programs may be the key to preventing people with serious mental illness from ending up in prison, according to a report released this week by the VERA Institute of Justice. Currently, more than half a million people who are mentally ill are incarcerated in U.S. prisons and jails on any given day, the report states, noting that it is equivalent to the number of people held in "deplorable" conditions in psychiatric institutions during the 1950s.
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