Chief Justice: Jail and Prisons Are Our States’ New De Facto Mental Institutions


By Brittany Johnson

Utah’s criminal justice system has become a revolving door for people suffering from mental health facilities, according to the state’s Supreme Court Chief Justice, Matthew B. Durrant. “Jail and prisons are our states, our countries new de facto mental institutions.  We house more people suffering from a mental illness than do our state-funded mental hospitals, so that presents enormous challenges.” The chief justice made these remarks to both the Utah House and Senate on Monday during his annual State of the Judiciary Address.

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