Do you think if we spent as much money on mental illness as we do housing the mentally ill in Prisons we actually could save money? Did you you know that 57% of Offenders with mental illness return to prison within 5 years?
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Unfortunatly they leave in the same condition they went in, have you watched the news lately? When i time is served they are release. They have programs that come much cheaper than Prison. Visiting case managers who do watch take meds by court order
Penny G, It would be more cost effective to invest in such programs however I believe most people would "feel" safer knowing these people aren't on the streets. Anytime a crime occurs & we learn of their mental illness we play the blame game.
THank you so much for your first hand information and your observation of those returning to prison due to addiction. You are so corect. I am your #1 advocate in spending money on mental illness. I have two adult children with schizophrenia.
It is not something they choose to cause in themselves. It is better for them,their families and surrounding communities to get them the best help possible, so they can live normal lives. People need to be supportive.Public awareness is needed also.