You Can't Just "Tell": Why Washington Jails Must Screen for Mental Illness and Cognitive Disabilities

This AVID Jail Project report titled, "You Can't Just 'Tell': Why Washington Jails Must Screen for Mental Illness and Cognitive Disabilities," finds that people with mental illness and cognitive disabilities are over-represented in jail populations. For this reason, it is imperative that jails identify individuals with disabilities so these inmates can get the support they need to safely and successfully serve their time in jail. The report further pinpoints the need for screening and early identification of inmates with disabilities to allow jails to provide legally-required services and reasonable accommodations, and to maintain safety for all inmates and jail staff.

Report

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Media Coverage

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More Information about the AVID Jail Project

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