“Have you ever been to jail before?” a Cook County Sheriff’s employee asked me as we began our journey into the jail.
“I’ve been in a correctional institution four times, but this is only my second time in a county jail!” I responded. I know you’re wondering…. no I wasn’t incarcerated!
By Nicholas Kristof, The New York Times
CHICAGO â€” THE largest mental health center in America is a huge compound here in Chicago, with thousands of people suffering from manias, psychoses and other disorders, all surrounded by high fences and barbed wire.
Just one thing: Itâ€™s a jail. The only way to get treatment is to be arrested.
Psychiatric disorders are the only kind of sickness that we as a society regularly respond to not with sympathy but with handcuffs and incarceration. And as more humane and cost-effective ways of treating mental illness have been cut back, we increasingly resort to the law-enforcement toolbox: jails and prisons…. Read More