The Common Good
April 2011

Locking Up the Sick

by Jane E. Mosner | April 2011

Re: “Cruel and Unequal,” a large number of persons who are incarcerated in jails and prisons across our country are seriously mentally ill, and have not received appropriate treatment because our commitment to treatment laws and our mental health systems are inhumane, inadequate, and seriously in need of repair. The cruel truth is that today America has more mentally ill individuals incarcerated than any other First World country.                    

Jane E. Moser
Springfield, Massachusetts

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