L.A. County can help thousands of mentally ill inmates avoid arrest and homelessness, study finds

L.A. County can help thousands of mentally ill inmates avoid arrest and homelessness, study finds
The Los Angeles Times
More than 60% of the inmates with a mental illness in the Los Angeles County Jail would be eligible for diversion if there were more facilities providing supportive care. Such a move would save the county hundreds of dollars a day in incarceration costs for each inmate and, for many, end a cycle of being arrested and released, then becoming homeless and getting arrested again, said the medical director of the county’s Office of Diversion and Reentry, Kristen Ochoa.