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  •  Reforming the laws has resulted in empty jail (17+ / 0-)

    beds in Georgia.

    The state has drug courts.  However, care has to be taken to preclude some judges from becoming so involved in cases that they can't let go and they turn into tyrants.

    We organize governments to deliver services and prevent abuse.

    by hannah on Thu Feb 14, 2013 at 01:45:43 AM PST

    •  Georgia also has mental health diversion courts (7+ / 0-)

      Great money saver for the jails. Boot out thise who are mentally ill and funnel them to (virtually nonexistant) mental health services.

      I had a job interview and an offer to work at the Fulton Drug Court. Turned it down so fast...

       Talk about a terrible working environment.... FILLED with cops and drug addicts: 2 groups i try to avoid. 2 groups of inveterate liars. Could not see myself in that everyday.

      I get clients in my mental health program from.the MH diversion court. Thats ok. No cops to talk to. We still get drug addicts but most addicts have mental health problems. Work on those and addictions are easier to address.

      The path of the righteous man is beset on all sides by the inequities of the selfish and the tyranny of evil men.

      by xxdr zombiexx on Thu Feb 14, 2013 at 02:53:23 AM PST

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      •  Only issue (2+ / 0-)
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        There has to be increased capacity in mental health services to absorb the "diverted" persons, and it needs to not be so overloaded that it can actually provide effective treatment, instead of just stamping the right documents.

        •  It's (1+ / 0-)
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          a shell game of who's going to pay for the Mentally Ill.

          Jail don't want to, Medicare don't want to.

          But Americans want SOMETHING done with them.

          It's gonna cost you.

          The path of the righteous man is beset on all sides by the inequities of the selfish and the tyranny of evil men.

          by xxdr zombiexx on Thu Feb 14, 2013 at 08:10:56 AM PST

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          •  Medicare? (0+ / 0-)

            Medicare isn't allowed to, unless they're also over 65.

            If you mean Medicaid, then that's entirely dependent on the states. Medicaid doesn't 'not want to' take care of the mentally ill... most states would just rather not use any money on them, because hey, they're just lazy people who won't take the initiative to recover from something that is, after all, 'all in their minds'.

            Ugh. Sorry. That much snark leaves me feeling dirty sometimes.

      •  If Georgia has them, (0+ / 0-)

        I'm guessing they are pretty much everywhere. Finding services is an issue, one of the impetuses behind veterans courts, which remove this group from the pool because of the greater availability of services, freeing them up for others.

        Jon Husted is a dick.

        by anastasia p on Thu Feb 14, 2013 at 08:28:28 AM PST

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    •  But there lies the problem (1+ / 0-)
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      Many people are making big money prosecuting people in the drug wars. They go after the easy to prosecute(users and small time dealers) and leave those at the top in place.

      Some people have short memories

      by lenzy1000 on Thu Feb 14, 2013 at 07:23:32 AM PST

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