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More mentally ill people reported in US prisons

BMJ 1999; 319 doi: (Published 24 July 1999) Cite this as: BMJ 1999;319:210
  1. César Chelala
  1. New York

    A growing number of people with mental illness are being held in US prisons, according to a recent report by the US Department of Justice.

    The report is the first in-depth national study of mental illness in US prisons. It reported a total of 283800 prison inmates with some form of mental illness in mid-1998, which is about 16% of the total prison population. …

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