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April 26, 2005

Mentally Ill going to Mental Health Courts

A good story in a recent Boston Globe issue:

Mentally ill sent to Mental health courts

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Instead of jail, many people who suffer mental illness and commit crimes are being sent to mental health courts, modeled after the more than 500 drug courts nationwide that offer substance abuse counseling over prison time.

"That day in court I could have said, 'Here you go, here's your jail sentence,'" McCooey said, recalling Hudson's case. "But you've got to go beyond."

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