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Mental Health and Criminal Justice Case Study: Mecklenburg County, N.C.

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    Mental Health and Criminal Justice Case Study: Mecklenburg County, N.C.

    The Mecklenburg County Jail is one of the largest mental health providers in the county and the state. Each day, at least 12 people with a history of mental illness are booked into the jail. Despite a decrease in jail bookings since 2010, the number of positive screens for a history of mental illness increased from four percent of all bookings in 2010 to 12 percent in 2014. The jail’s medical provider conducted 1,127 new patient visits for psychiatry in 2014 and 1,135 follow-up psychiatry visits. While incarcerated, people with mental illnesses often display significantly negative reactions and trauma responses to being jailed.

    The Mecklenburg County Jail is one of the largest mental health providers in the county and the state. Each day, at least 12 people with a history of mental illness are booked into the jail.
    2015-07-01
    County Examples & Solutions
    2019-02-20

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