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More Must Be Done For Mentally Ill Inmates, Panel Says

Posted: April 17, 2014 at 5 a.m.

Arkansas must do more to prevent jails and prisons from acting as de facto hospitals for thousands of people with mental illness, a panel of officials and experts said Wednesday night.

By The Numbers

Mental Illness And Jails

JurisdictionTotal InmatesInmates with Severe Mental Illness

Washington County Detention Center529Around 90

Arkansas Department of Correction17,766Around 3,000

Source: Staff Report

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