County looks to reduce number of inmates with mental illness
Date : April 04, 2016
Posted By:Nzinga Harrison
Physicians for Criminal Justice Reform (PfCJR) CORE ISSUE: Decriminalization of mental health and addictive disorders.
EAU CLAIRE, Wis. (WEAU)– Within the past year, the Eau Claire County jail has seen a drastic rise in inmates brought in with a mental illness. Mark Ruddy, chair for the Criminal Justice Reform Team says too many people with a mental illness are being taken to prison. Highlights:
- “It is a problem and it is an increasing problem. Our local issues are just a reflection of our national issues. Our jails are the largest mental health institution in the country,” says Ruddy.
- Ruddy believes those inmates should be taken to a hospital or specific treatment crisis center.
- The Eau Claire County Judiciary and Law Enforcement Committee is working on a way to change the way someone with mental issues is put into the jail system. “We need to find a way in our society to keep mentally ill people from being in prison. They can’t get appropriate treatment there,” says Ruddy.
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