“At Least She’d be Safe in Jail”

Another tragic story about a mentally ill inmate committing suicide in a Michigan jail. Unlike many reports on jailhouse suicides, this report includes information on the population of mentally ill inmates and their inability to care for them.

As many as 80 percent of inmates in Michigan jails have some form of mental illness, according to a January report published by the governor’s Joint Task Force on Jail and Pretrial Incarceration.

The report also found that 1 in 4 jail inmates is severely mentally ill.

Along with comprehensive, mandated CIT for all police officers and correctional officers, and first responders, jailhouse reform is critical to address the crisis of an overwhelming population of mentally ill patients in our jails and prisons.

You can read more about this tragic story and learn more about the reported data of the Michigan corrections system in OVERWHELMED: Jails, justice system unequipped for influx of mental illness.

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