Fairfax County Jail Aims to Reform Treatment of Mentally Ill
Posted on Aug 05, 2015
January of 2016 is the new goal set by the Fairfax County Adult Detention Center for separating and treating incarcerated person with mental disabilities to address their concerns in the community of the jail. Over half of incarcerated persons show symptoms of mental illness, which oftentimes contributes if not exacerbates their incarceration.
Fairfax County officials are working to avoid sending mentally ill people through what they call a revolving door of arrest and incarceration. "Where we identify a deficiency, where we identify something that's not right, we don't try to sweep it under the rug," County Board Chair Sharon Bulova said. News4's Jackie Bensen reports.
It is a lofty goal, but one we hope they follow through on to give more people treatment, rather than simple incarceration in the community.