Government & Courts

Local officials say nearly 20 percent of inmates in the Albemarle-Charlottesville Regional Jail are on medication for mental illnesses, and that there are more who are going untreated. File photo.

Prison as psych ward: The cost of incarcerating the mentally ill

High-profile acts of violence tend to bring with them a spike in public awareness of mental illness, but the stigma associated with being mentally ill never subsides. The system still seems to favor locking people up rather than treating them. My wife and I lived five minutes away from the Safeway in Tucson, Arizona, where […]