Large Proportion of L.A. Jail Inmates With Serious Mental Illnesses Are Black, Report Finds
Forty-three percent of Los Angeles jail inmates diagnosed with serious mental illnesses are black, compared with about 30% in the general jail population, according to a new report from the advocacy group Dignity Power Now. Advocates say the high rate of mental illness in jails is the result of funding cuts to public mental health services in Los Angeles County.
- "Report: High Percentage of L.A. Inmates Suffering With Mental Illness Are Black" (Palta, "KPCC News," KPCC, 8/11).
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