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This report explores the system in which we treat mental illness in America. Where state hospitals used to supply treatment for severe mental illness, nowadays local jails and state prisons have become the main prism through which we as a society deal with this issue. Police Departments have tried to adapt to more mentally ill on the streets while those working in jails and prisons have had to deal with an influx of sick people behind bars. How did this come to be? Does health care reform have any effect on the plight of the mentally ill? What are prisons doing to prepare mentally ill prisoners for their release to the outside world?
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