Correctional facilities across the U.S. are facing a rising tide of inmates with serious mental illness. Today, nearly 15% of men inmates and 30% of women inmates have a serious mental health condition, such as schizophrenia, major depression or bipolar disorder. 

The result is an enormous strain on correctional officers and administrators, who struggle to balance safety, security and medical care in an environment never meant to house mentally ill people. Many times the system fails, leading to tragic outcomes for inmates, officers and facilities. 

In this Q&A with attorney and former jail administrator Linda Bryant, we explore the following topics:

  • Prevalence & Risk Factors
  • Medications
  • Inmate Classification
  • Jail Death Lawsuits
  • Restrictive Housing
  • Making a Difference

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