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The Mentally ill Imprisoned

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The American Justice System has many criticisms, but it's hard to imagine any of them are more glaring than the disproportionate numbers of mentally ill patients locked up in American prisons. During a three year span, states defunded mental health services to the tune of five billion dollars. Some estimates suggest that more than forty percent of people who suffer with severe mental illness, such as schizophrenia, received no treatment in the last year. Multitudes of these patients are spending their days in prison, without proper treatment. In many cases, imprisonment can even complicate mental illness. Currently, more than ten million Americans suffer from serious mental illness, and every year, over thirty-four thousand of them commit suicide. The life expectancy of people with serious mental illness is twenty-three years shorter than other Americans, reducing their life expectancy to someone living in Bangladesh. Studies have shown that early intervention can prevent mental illnes

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