ProJo: Opinion/Pisciotta: The criminalization of mental illness

By Laurie-Marie Pisciotta

Laurie-Marie Pisciotta is the executive director of the Mental Health Association of Rhode Island.

This holiday season, many families are missing loved ones who are incarcerated for the crime of having an untreated serious mental illness. In Rhode Island, 15% to 20% of inmates have schizophrenia, schizo-affective disorder, major depressive disorder, bipolar disorder, brief psychotic disorder and substance use disorder.

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