PA Joins Drive To Reduce Mentally Ill Behind Bars

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Forty percent of Philadelphia jail inmates are on psychotropic medications; 17 percent have what’s considered a serious mental illness, such as schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, or major depression. At the state level, 29 percent of inmates have a mental illness. People with mental illness stay longer in jail, and are more likely to return. Bruce Herdman of the Philadelphia Department of Prisons says, “This is the largest psychiatric hospital in the state of Pennsylvania.” Today,  the Philadelphia Inquirer

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