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The police have a tremendous amount of discretion how to handle a situation. In Boston, Massachusetts some are saying police need more training in how to deal with the mentally ill. Worcester Telegram

Montgomery County, Texas is starting an indigent defense program for the mentally ill. The program seeks to establish a support system for those with established mental illnesses and are convicted of crimes to reduce both costs and recidivism rates. Houston Community Newspapers

The mentally ill comprise a significant amount of the prison population. Jeff Gerritt, a columnist for the Detroit Free Press examines what can happen when the retributivist theory is applied to those who suffer from mental illness. Detroit Free Press

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