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  • Imprisonment of the Mentally Ill: A Call for Diversion to the Community Mental Health System

    This article will discuss historical factors that have led to the criminalization of mental illness and the current day state of U.S. correctional facilities as modern day asylums. Alternative models for adjudication of law-breaking individuals with mental illness will be presented, and recommendations will be made for reforms of the medical, legal, and criminal justice systems to address the societal problem of imprisonment of the mentally ill.