The Treatment Advocacy Center has been the lonely voice of the voiceless and the staunch defender of the defenseless. Its reports document our shame and should inspire the practical steps needed to end the neglect.
America must turn the page on its over-dependence on the criminal justice system. In order to break arrest cycles and end inappropriate criminalization of people with mental illness we must support community based behavioral health care.
A recent study issued by the National Sheriff's Association and the Treatment Advocacy Center describes the shocking fact that there are now three times more mentally ill persons in American jails and prisons than there are in hospitals.