Sep 17, 2009

Human Rights at Home: Mental Illness in U.S. Prisons and Jails

On September 15, the Senate Committee on the Judiciary, Subcommittee on Human Rights and the Law, discussed the prevalence of mental illness among those incarcerated in the United States, and what we can do to address this significant problem.

Watch the webcast, featuring Senators Richard Durbin and Al Franken.

San Francisco Behavioral Health Court was created in 2002 in response to the increasing number of mentally ill defendants cycling through San Francisco's jails and courts. Through a combination of judicial supervision, collaborative decisionmaking among partner agencies, and intensive case management, BHC seeks to reduce recidivism by helping defendants with serious mental illness access community treatment.

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