Category: mental illness in jails

Mental Health Lockups Spiked by 1,365 Percent in Two Years at Summit County Jail

Summit Daily (Colorado) By Hugh Carey When John told a crisis hotline counselor that he was suicidal last September, he didn’t expect the police to get involved. But roughly two hours later, he says, sheriff’s deputies arrived at his home in Summit Cove. John, who asked his real name be withheld, had been drinking heavily and …

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Editorial: ‘Stepping up’ on Prison Reform

The Intelligencer “This is the largest psychiatric hospital in the state of Pennsylvania.” The guy making that crack about jail isn’t a psychiatrist or some sort of credentialed mental health expert. He’s Bruce Herdman, chief of medical operations for the Philadelphia Department of Prisons. The point Herdman was making to a reporter for the Philadelphia …

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