We need mental health courts in Sheboygan County, and in every county in Wisconsin. These courts can identify people charged with crimes as people in need of mental health services, and divert them from the criminal justice system. We need to stop using our jails and prisons as substitute mental health institutions.
“Our prisons are loaded with people who are mentally ill — some who maybe if they had the right treatment the taxpayers wouldn’t have to pay for them being in prisons. It’s the next step in Mississippi in mental health reform. I think this would save us money in the long run and be better for Mississippians. And, it’s the humane thing to do.”