"Mental illness is an epidemic in this country that amazingly is still overlooked and mistreated. Or not treated at all.
A big problem, especially in Michigan, is the lack of facilities to treat the seriously mentally ill. Between 1987 and 2003, Michigan closed three-quarters of its 16 psychiatric hospitals. Michigan has the sixth-lowest number of psychiatric beds in the nation. The number of mentally ill citizens obviously didn’t decrease, so there had to be somewhere to place them.
Amazingly, that place is often the jail and prison system. The Department of Corrections doesn’t even try to deny that fact that many sentenced to prison – namely young men – would benefit far more from mental health treatment than to be incarcerated."Read on: MARSHALL: Untreated mental illness sparks murders - Opinion - Voice News