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“Their View: End the criminalization of mental illness”

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This article on the Centre Daily Times website talks about the criminalization of mental illness and what happens to those who are mentally ill and are incarcerated.

“Pa. Corrections Workers Finish First Phase of Mental Health Training”

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This July 20, 2015 Newsworks article found on the NBC10.com website talks about the first phase of training received by a number of law enforcement officers and judges in Pennsylvania

“Prisoner patients: Pa. switches to treatment for mentally ill inmates”

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This January 12, 2015 Pittsburgh Post-Gazette article talks not only about the changes being made in the Pennsylvania prison system, but goes on to remind us that it is equally important to fund mental health services in the community to help to help prevent people from ending up in jails and prisons because of crimes committed as a result of untreated mental health issues.


** Side note: I do recognize that Alcatraz is not in Pennsylvania, but chose to use the image of an Alcatraz prisoner tag because it was prison related and of the images that appeared in my results it was the most relevant.

An Alcatraz Island Prison prisoner tag

An Alcatraz Island Prison prisoner tag (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

“Pennsylvania Overhauls Health Care For Mentally Ill Inmates”

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This January 7, 2015 Think Progress article talks about changes being made to the treatment of inmates with mental health issues that are happening because of a settlment in a federal lawsuit brought by the Disability Rights Network of Pennsylvania (DRNPA)  against the Pennsylvania Department of Corrections (DOC).


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“Times In-Depth: Erie County Prison becomes hub for care of mentally ill”

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This June 22, 2014 article on the GoErie.com website talks about the struggle faced by the Erie County jail to care for the mentally ill who end up in jail most often for nuisance type charges according to the article.  This is something that as the article points out is being seen nationwide and is not unique to Erie county.

Map of Erie County (without text).

Map of Erie County (without text). (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

“Keeping Chronic Mental Illness From Becoming a Criminal Offense”


This is a blog entry I found that was posted on February 11, 2011 on a blog called “Taking Note”  the piece describes some of the problems and benefits of mental health courts.

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