Mentally Ill Case Study

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The National Institute of Justice, which is an entity of the U.S. Department of Justice Office of Justice Programs, began in the 1990s to focus its attention on just how quickly and substantially the mentally ill population was increasingly growing in jails across the country. According to Conly, “In 1996, one-quarter of jail inmates reported that they had been treated at some time for a mental or emotional problem. Nearly 89,000 said that they had taken a prescription medication for those types of problems, and more than 51,000 reported that they had been admitted to an overnight mental health program” (Conly, 1999, p. 3). Questions began to emerge about why this was the case. It did not take a significant amount of time to discover

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