This is a blog for the Mental Health Policy Class at the George Warren Brown School of Social Work.
October 5, 2007
Fifth Of State Prison Inmates Mentally Ill
A legislative report shows more than 20 percent of Connecticut's approximately 19,000 prison inmates have moderate to severe mental illness.That fact is prompting some state lawmakers to point out an apparent shortage of trained psychiatric nurses and a need for more training for correction officers. Also, there's talk of creating a separate facility for inmates with mental illness to ease the space crunch" . . . . "If you want to free up prison beds [to keep violent offenders behind bars longer], then get these mentally ill people out of there," Lawlor said.