Mentally ill often adrift in the criminal justice system

By , September 13, 2009 7:58 pm
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EVERETT — Jody Sands was off his medication and suffering from hallucinations when he killed his grandfather by clobbering him with an ax.

In another case, authorities warned that it was only a matter of time before Ryan Miller, homeless and mentally disabled, hurt someone. He confessed this summer to helping beat a Marysville grandmother to death with a hammer.

Both men had documented histories of mental illness that required professional care. Over the years, they were hospitalized and medicated.

Now, Miller and Sands are off to prison for murder.

Both are extreme examples of a system failing people living with serious mental illnesses, according to some in the criminal justice system and mental health professionals.

via HeraldNet: Mentally ill often adrift in the criminal justice system.

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