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04/08/2014 10:47 pm ET Updated Apr 08, 2014

There Are 10 Times More Mentally Ill People Behind Bars Than In State Hospitals

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Severe mental illnesses, like schizophrenia and bipolar disorder, are brain diseases—biological conditions like heart disease or epilepsy. Yet in this country, the institutions most likely to be treating people with these illnesses are not hospitals, but rather jails and prisons.

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