The Treatment of Persons with Mental Illness in Prisons and Jails: A State Survey

Treatment Advocacy CenterThis report by the Treatment Advocacy Center summarizes findings from a national survey of state and county corrections systems on mental illness treatment practices in prison and jail facilities.  Among the highlights includes the finding that in 2012, there were 10 times the number of individuals with mental disorders in prisons and jails than in state hospitals.  The report also provides an overview of the problem in the past 200 years, as well as legal background information including information on what jails and prisons can do when an individual refuses medication, legal procedures to gain authorization for the administration of nonemergency medication, and more. To view the report click here.