Record number of defendants with mental illness

Record number of defendants with ‘decompensating’ mental illness in Washington prisons

More people with mental illness than ever before are waiting in Washington prisons for court-ordered treatment. Research shows that it makes their illnesses worse. SPOKANE, Wash. — Decades of research show that people with serious mental illness who are imprisoned, especially in solitary confinement, experience a sharp decline in their mental health. But in Washington …

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