Jails create and exacerbate mental health problems.

It does not take a genius to conclude, and yet, countless studies have been proven it: if you remove someone from their daily life, their support system, their work, their sense of meaning and community, and put them into an extremely controlled and violent environment that is meant to punish them and take away their dignity, they will suffer physically, emotionally and mentally. This is even truer for the large number of people who enter jail already suffering from mental illness.

A mental health jail is an oxymoron; diversion is what’s needed: Guest commentary [Los Angeles Daily News]