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.
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.
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.
If some of you would provide references, you would be more believable.
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.
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
All criminals can be considered to be 'mentally ill'. There is a lot of money