There is a disproportionate number of people with mental illnesses and substance use disorders in our prisons and jails. The rate of serious mental illness among incarcerated people is two to six times higher than it is in the general population. Over 70 percent of people in jails with a serious mental illness also have a substance use disorder. Most of these people are in jail for nonviolent, low-level offenses, and they do not receive care.

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