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The statistics are high when it comes to individuals with mental illness that come in contact with the criminal justice system. With the inmate count at over 400,000 in our jails and state prisons and another 800,000 on probation and parole (U.S. Department of Justice, 2009). The outcome is usually a tragic one. Showing that traditional courts are an ineffective use of law enforcement, courts, tax payer’s money; failure in linking the mentally ill to effective treatment; and the lack of improvement to the public’s safety.
With the percentage at 16.9% (men at 14.5% and women at 31%) most of these individuals suffer with severe mental illness (SMI), such as major depression, bipolar and schizophrenia, they are at risk for repeat minor offenses. The U.S. Department of Justice did a study finding and reported that half of all jail, state prison and federal inmates with mental illness have 3 to 4 prior convictions as they make their way back into the system. In saying this, it just adds to the continuous problems these individuals are constantly faced with.
Many traditional courts and correction facilities are unable to provide the much needed mental health treatment to connect individuals with effective treatment processes in their community, considering they have cut 4.35 billion dollars in funding across all states. So when released from incarceration they will have a better chance in society and less likely of being a repeat offender.
Join me Thursday nite at 7pm CT Nov 21st to discuss the Mental Health Court Systems compared to the traditional court systems that our mentally ill face time and time again for crimes that can be prevented if proper treatment was available.
Tonight we will continue to discuss the Criminal Justice System; We will discuss why Blacks "crawl' into the Criminal Justice System in order to persecute their own black people. This is the real Black on Black crime that is passed down to the bottom.
Let Conversate and Talk About It.
Is there Racism in the Justice system? Is Justice the same for Black and White People?
Or is the real inequality economic injustice?
Will the statistics really answer the question?
To see the racial breakdown of arrest in our country view the link below.
Federal Bureau of Investigation arrest table
How do we over come the racism in our country? With people like Al Sharpton and Jessie Jackson and Malik Shabazz race bating the issue and now the KKK is starting to race bate and get their voice out.
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