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In '60 Minutes' segment, Sheriff Dart calls jails 'the new insane asylums'

Chicago Tribune Reports on '60 Minutes' segment

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Dart, appearing on the CBS news magazine "60 Minutes," called jails and prisons "the new insane asylums" and said that the criminal justice system is not equipped to address issues of mental illness.

Author
Kim Bellware, Huffington Post

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Mitch Smith, Chicago Tribune

Jail cells filled with broad range of mentally ill inmates

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"We have seen the collapse of the mental health system show up in our local jails and in our prisons. Everyone agrees that's not the best place for many of these people," said New Hanover County District Attorney Ben David of North Carolina.

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Molly Parker, Star News Online

Arrestee Drug Abuse Monitoring Program II in the United States, 2010

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In the the Arrestee Drug Abuse Monitoring Program II study, it is reported that drug use among the arrestee population is much higher than in the general U.S. population. The percentage of booked arrestees testing positive for at least one illicit drug ranged from 49 percent in Washington, D.C. to 87 percent in Chicago.

Authors
Dana Hunt
William Rhodes

Additional article on same study:

Study: 70% of inmates are on drugs at booking

Author
David Chanen, Star Tribune

Sheriff Tom Dart of Cook County, Illinois: Cuts lead to more mentally ill being jailed

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Decision to cut spending on mental health in Illinois may increase the number of mentally ill incarcerated in Cook County Jail.

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Steve Metsch, Southtown Star

Psychiatric Patients With No Place to Go but Jail

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Chicago plans to shut down 6 of its 12 mental health centers by the end of April, 2012 to save an estimated $2 million. Sheriff Thomas Dart of Cook County fears that these closings will definitely have a negative impact on jail populations.

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Bridget O'Shea, New York Times

Sheriff Closes Jail to Mentally Disabled

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The Summit County, Ohio jail will no longer will accept violent mentally ill and mentally disabled people -- perhaps becoming the first facility in the country with such a policy.

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Rick Armon, The Akron Beacon Journal, Ohio

A jail is no place for the mentally ill

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The largest mental-health facilities in the United States are not hospitals -- they are jails: in L.A. County, in Chicago's Cook County, and on New York's Rikers Island. Mentally ill detainees are a danger to themselves or others, and the risks they pose to themselves, to other inmates and to our staff only compounds with each successive day without proper medical care and treatment.

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Rich Stanek, Minneapolis, St. Paul

Mentally ill need treatment, not jail

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According to the Massachusetts Sheriffs Association, 42 percent of inmates in the county jail system have a form of mental illness and 26 percent have major mental illness.

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Christine Lee, 22News State House Correspondent

Mentally ill inmates belong in hospitals, not jails

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District Judge Orlinda Naranjo has ordered the Department of State Health Services to transfer defendants who have been ruled incompetent to stand trial due to mental illness to a state psychiatric hospital.

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Editorial Board, My San Antonio