Institutionalized: Mental Health Behind Bars

Vice News travels to Cook County Jail, located in Chicago, Illinois, which is the largest single site jail in America, it currently houses 9,000 inmates and it is estimated that 30% of these individuals have mental health illnesses, making it the largest mental health care provider in America today. This short documentary aims to examine the current state of such a mental health care system which is currently in pretty bad shape given budget cuts and a lack of community based resources. More often or not people are just being swept into the criminal justice system for low-level, non-violent crimes rather than ever being treated.

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