Thursday, October 17, 2013

California's AOT Pilot Program reduces incarceration by 78% among participants


Re: "The mentally ill in our jails," Editorial, Oct. 15
Los Angeles County can easily reduce its jail population by implementing Laura's Law and discharging eligible mentally ill inmates to assisted outpatient treatment. Laura's Law provides mandatory monitored treatment for people with mental illness while they live in the community.
L.A. County's pilot program has reduced incarceration by 78% among participants. It's time to move from pilot to full-scale implementation and determine which jail inmates should be enrolled. 
The county has the means to solve the problem; what's lacking is the will.
D.J. Jaffe
The writer is the executive director of Mental Illness Policy Org.

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