The Gaping Hole in the Prison Early Release Program: Mental Health Care

Much has been made of this latest effort, but inmates who suffer mental illness will continue without the services they need—in and out of prison.

A lone inmate in Division 2, Dorm 2 of the Cook County Jail sits arms folded on his bunk in Chicago. Unlike prisons where inmates served extended sentences, jails hold those trying to make bail while awaiting trial, or serving shorter terms. Dorm 2 has 464 bunks, most of them reserved for inmates with mental illnesses. They're always full.
Charles Rex Arbogast/AP
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