Link – When a mental health emergency lands you in jail

Link – When a mental health emergency lands you in jail

Jail is a terrible place for someone having a mental health crisis: “Across the country, and especially in rural areas, people in the middle of a mental health crisis are locked in a cell when a hospital bed or transportation to a hospital isn’t immediately available. The patients are transported from the ER like inmates,…

Link – The mentally ill are sick. So why do we put them in jail?

Link – The mentally ill are sick. So why do we put them in jail?

The story in Canada is the same story we see everywhere else. We put people struggling with their mental health in jail because they are inconvenient and we don’t have anywhere else to put them. That there are no other available treatment options aside from throwing them in prison, possibly the worst thing we could…

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Link – Justice isn’t always done for child sexual abuse – I know firsthand

Two things from this article I wanted to comment on: People always ask me what I think should have happened to Youssefi. Years in prison? Intensive counseling? Even after all my reporting, I’m still not sure. But I do know one thing: When Dodd told her school counselor about Youssefi, I hadn’t started taking gymnastics…

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Link – Newton Woman Who Had Sex With Teen Won’t Go to Prison

“This week, Kaiser took a plea deal that will keep her out of prison, but she will be on probation for two years and on the sex offender registry for life. She faced up to 10 years in prison if convicted. Jasper County Attorney Mike Jacobson refused to answer any of our questions on camera,…