Alisa Roth

Author of “Insane: America's Criminal Treatment of Mental Illness”

Author of “Insane: America's Criminal Treatment of Mental Illness”

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The Los Angeles County Jail is the largest psychiatric ward in America. About a quarter of the men imprisoned in LA and nearly half of the women need some form of mental health care.

Why so many people with mental illness end up behind bars

The Los Angeles County Jail is the largest psychiatric ward in America. About a quarter of the men imprisoned in LA and nearly half of the women need some form of mental health care.

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American jails and prisons have become hospitals for the mentally ill.

Imprisoning our mentally ill?

American jails and prisons have become hospitals for the mentally ill.

from To the Point

Journalist Alissa Roth has spent years investigating just how we got to the point where America’s prisons and jails are filled with mentally ill inmates.

Prisons and jails are some of America’s largest psychiatric facilities

Journalist Alissa Roth has spent years investigating just how we got to the point where America’s prisons and jails are filled with mentally ill inmates.

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