Denver looking at alternatives to reduce prison costs

Better to aid mentally ill outside of jail, report says”; Here are snippets from The Denver Post story:

One of every five inmates jailed in the seven- county Denver metro area has a serious mental illness, and housing them takes a $34.4 million annual bite out of the counties’ tight budgets, according to a new report by a Metro Area County Commissioners’ task force.

Seriously ill inmates spend 5 1/2 times longer in jail than average inmates and cost $8.28 more per day because they receive more services and may be housed in special units, the report found.

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