Jails are the New Insane Asylums

Cook County Sheriff, Tom Dart, told “60 Minutes” that jails throughout the nation including Cook County jail have become the new insane asylums–housing more and more people with various mental illnesses.  He estimated that between 2500 and 2800 inmates at Cook County have various forms of mental illness.  With fewer resources for treatment, those with mental illness are ending up in jail–often for minor infractions.  Read more of the story HERE.


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