NAMI: Mental Illness and the Criminal Justice System
Source: National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI)
Resource Type: Website or Webpage Article
Focus Population: Family Members, Peers, People experiencing First Episode Psychosis (FEP), People with Criminal Justice System Involvement, People with Serious Mental Illness (SMI), Veterans, Youth, Youth of Transition Age
Topics: Criminal or Juvenile Justice System, Family, Mental Health Treatment
People with mental illness deserve help, not handcuffs. Yet people with mental illness are overrepresented in our nation’s jails and prisons. We need to reduce criminal justice system involvement and increase investments in mental health care.