Brief Mentally Ill Kids in Jail as Help Is Cut
They Become Trapped in Criminalizing System
Daniel P. Mears
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[San Jose Mercury News] Nearly 2,000 children in need of mental health treatment are languishing in America's jails. A Congressional report reveals that in two-thirds of all states, mentally ill youth are locked up, often without charges, simply because no local treatment is available. Despite such sobering facts, many states are cutting back services for mentally ill youth. To break this vicious cycle, better mental health assessment at the justice system's front door is needed and the juvenile justice system and communities need to provide a range of services, including coordinated cross-agency case management of mentally ill youth.
Research Areas Crime, justice, and safety Health and health care Children and youth
Tags Corrections Juvenile justice Delinquency and crime