My friend recently started working at a public defenders office. One of his first cases involved a man who had received his 126th public intoxication ticket. Yes 126th ticket!
His client, who is obviously mentally ill gets repeatedly arrested so he can go to jail where he knows he will receive a hot meal and a bed roll. His client is unable to function in our society.
How much money could we as a nation have saved by, after this gentlemen’s 15th or 20th arrest, sending him into a mental health or alcohol treatment program?
A group out of Washington State emailed me this graphic which I found very interesting http://www.onlinecriminaljusticedegree.com/failed-war-on-drugs/
This is a ton of money, how much of it has gone to lock up the mental ill? How much could we have saved by spending money on long term proactive treatment