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Prison Mental Health Unit Not Designed For Treatment

Chris Lehman
02/29/2012

Oregon is putting the finishing touches on a gleaming new mental health hospital. The Salem facility replaces a crumbling 130–year–old building and is hailed as a new chapter in the state's troubled history of treating people judged guilty but insane. But there are far more mentally ill people in Oregon's standard prisons. And the inmates with the most severe mental problems are housed in a ward designed for hardened criminals. That facility isn't designed for treatment.

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