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Sioux Falls Free Thinkers endorse The Released for showing the
senselessness of putting the mentally ill in prison in the first place
and then years later releasing them untreated. Their failure to
reintegrate is almost guaranteed. They needed treatment!

The Released

The Released (2009) - 60 minutes
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A rare look at the mentally ill as they struggle to stay out of prison and reintegrate onto society.

This year, hundreds of thousands of prisoners with serious mental illnesses will be released into communities across America, the largest exodus in the nation's history. Typically, mentally ill offenders leave prison with a bus ticket, $75 and two weeks worth of medication. Within 18 months, nearly two-thirds are re-arrested. Frontline examines what happens to the mentally ill when they leave prison and why they return at such alarming rates. The inmate stories of The Released - along with interviews with parole officers, social workers and psychiatrists - provide a rare look at the lives of the mentally ill as they struggle to stay out of prison and reintegrate into society.

5-20-16 Startling number of mental health patients behind bars in US
Startling number of mental health patients behind bars in US
The UK's prison problems, with many inmates suffering from mental illness, are mirrored around the world. In America there are thought to be three times more psychiatric patients in prison than in hospital. BBC correspondent Aleem Maqbool was given special permission to film inside Cook County Jail, Illinois, and to speak to the prisoners at this Chicago prison.


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The Released

Sioux Falls Free Thinkers endorse The Released for showing the
senselessness of putting the mentally ill in prison in the first place
and then years later releasing them untreated. Their failure to
reintegrate is almost guaranteed. They needed treatment!