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THE NATION | IN BRIEF / WASHINGTON, D.C.

Some Mentally Ill Prisoners Go Untreated

July 16, 2001|From Times Wire Reports

About one-fifth of the estimated 191,000 inmates in state prisons who were identified as mentally ill were not getting therapy or counseling, the Justice Department reported Sunday.

A study also showed that only 70% of state prisons had a policy of screening for mental illness.

Mentally ill inmates account for 16% of the state prison population, and 79% of those identified as mentally ill were receiving treatment, the report says.

One in four women gets therapy and one in five takes medication for mental illness. Only 10% of male inmates receive any treatment.

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