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  • Fan of mental health courts
    May 27, 2008 3:10 p.m.

    I have worked with the Salt Lake County mental health courts and have seen reports on Utah County's mental health court. There is a real cost savings benefit with this kind of program. Without the program people with serious mental illness spend tend to spend much more time on the same charges compared to others; plus they tend to use up more resources in the correctional facilities. People with serious mental illnesses tend to spend less time in jail with mental health court programs. It costs less to provide this program vs leaving someone in jail. People with serious mental illness are subject to victimization and are often times segregated from the rest of the hardened criminal population-but that segregation comes at a price. People with serious mental illness are usually locked in their cells for 22-23 hours a day while the rest of general population is out in the day room or rec yard up to 16 hours a day.
    Leave the jails for the criminals and increase the programming for the mentally ill and make sure there is a good mental health diversion program to help the ones that need the help.

  • Psyco
    May 27, 2008 12:02 p.m.

    Who do you think is driving this other than a bunch of people messing with your mind so it fits with their mindset of Socialism Now HDHD is for adults. When I was growing up it was called DayDreaming. Without that where would Walt Disney be. On Ritlen,Or...so that we can get access to all the psyco mind controlling drugs OF THE SIXTY'S, given by the drug manufactures. THIS IS NOT DEMOCRACY with freedom of thought.

  • advocate
    May 27, 2008 11:31 a.m.

    Yes. Tax money will be saved by treatment. Caring for those afflicted by mental illness is also the humane thing to do. Blaming an ill brain for being irrational and unable to function appropriately is senseless.

  • Anonymous
    May 27, 2008 11:11 a.m.

    If some of you would provide references, you would be more believable.

  • Costs
    May 27, 2008 10:58 a.m.

    Timj if you are looking at relative costs between treatment and imprisonment. Income must be factored in. Many people treated would be able to work and they would pay taxes.

    Conservatives hate having the government take ten dollars to pay for medication. Paying 35k a year to keep the same people in prison doesn't bother them. It's money well spent in their value system.

  • Timj
    May 27, 2008 8:49 a.m.

    Dave,
    Ask yourself...will we save taxpayer money by treating these diseases outside of prison?
    I'm guessing that it's much cheaper to treat mental illnesses outside of prison than it is to hold these people inside of prison.
    Prison's expensive. Over $30,000/year/inmate? Crazy.
    If we can prevent the crime through treatment, not only do we lower the crime rate, but we pay less taxes to the system.
    Ever wonder why the US has the highest prison rate of any first-world countries? Other countries do a better job treating mental illnesses.

  • Dave
    May 27, 2008 8:13 a.m.

    All criminals can be considered to be 'mentally ill'. There is a lot of money in it.