New thinking on mental illness and prisons

August 15, 2013
Two great letters in LA Times Opinion today in response to the 8/10 front page Steve Lopez article “There’s a Step Up for mentally ill inmates”, featuring Andy: Nora Hamilton of Santa Monica wrote: “The Steve Lopez’s endorsement of the mental rehabilitation program Step Up on Second reinforces the need to change…

Two great letters in LA Times Opinion today in response to the 8/10 front page Steve Lopez article “There’s a Step Up for mentally ill inmates”, featuring Andy:

Nora Hamilton of Santa Monica wrote: “The Steve Lopez’s endorsement of the mental rehabilitation program Step Up on Second reinforces the need to change the conversation about how to deal with prison overcrowding — from a focus on building more prisons to an emphasis on prevention and rehabilitation.” Read more… http://www.latimes.com/news/opinion/letters/la-le-0815-thursday-mental-illness-prisons-20130815,0,4091665.story

James McChesney of Long Beach wrote: “The biggest challenge to successful programs such as Step Up on Second is the pervasive stigma of mental illness. Changing our fundamental philosophy makes it easier to implement these and other successful service-oriented programs for the unserved and underserved target populations.  Read more…http://www.latimes.com/news/opinion/letters/la-le-0815-thursday-mental-illness-prisons-20130815,0,4091665.story

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