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    New Approach to the Mentally Ill from Douglas County, Kansas Jail

    There has been a shift to “deinstitutionalize” mentally ill persons in the United States. This policy change has led to a d ramatic drop in the number of those housed in state psychiatric hospitals and a larger number living in the local community. As a result, mentally ill persons are coming into contact with local jails more frequently. In a special report, Mental Health Problems Of Prison And Jail Inmates , from 2006 The Bureau of Justice Statistics estimated that 479,000 mentally...
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    Re-Entry for Veteran Identified Inmates

    By Donald Coffey and Joel F. Botner, Re-Entry Unit, Miami-Dade County Corrections and Rehabilitation Department, Miami, Florida In this article, Coffey and Botner share some of Miami-Dade County's "lessons learned" in working with jail inmates who are veterans. They discuss: - The challenges jails may face in identifying veterans in the jail, and some ways to encourage disclosure so that these inmates get the help they deserve; - The behavioral and treatment needs that tend to be commonly...
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