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Best Practices: Access to Benefits for Prisoners with Mental Illnesses

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Publication Date: January 2006

Publisher(s): Judge David L. Bazelon Center for Mental Health Law

Author(s): Chris Koyanagi; Katy Blasingame

Funder(s): JEHT Foundation

Funder(s): JEHT Foundation

Special Collection: John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation

Topic: Health (Mental health)
Justice (Prisoners and imprisonment)

Keywords: Criminal justice; Incarceration; Mental disorder

Type: Brief

Coverage: United States


This Bazelon Center Issue Brief describes innovative approaches being used by state and county corrections systems to ensure that jail and prison inmates with mental illnesses have prompt access when released to income support, medical care and other services they need to re-enter the community successfully.