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Mental Illness and the Criminal Justice System

Peter Rimar

A recent study of the Franklin County criminal-justice system has revealed that jail inmates who are mentally ill are kept in jail longer and return to jail more often. Coming up:  how the criminal justice take on mental health is changing to better serve the public and reduce recidivism. Also, the connection between serious mental illness, the criminal justice system and homelessness.


  • Fred Osher, Director, Health Systems and Services Policy Council of State Governments Justice Center
  • Michelle Heritage, Executive Director, Community Shelter Board
  • Terry Russell, Executive Director, National Alliance for the Mentally Ill (NAMI) Ohio
  • Michael S. Woody, President, CIT International


This show originally aired on May 19, 2015 at 10 a.m.

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