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Behind Bars, Mentally Ill Inmates Are Often Punished For Their Symptoms

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An average of 13,776 inmates in 45 California counties were on psychotropic medications in 2016-2017, a recent report found. That is up from 10,999 five years ago. erwin rachbauer/imageBROKER RM/Getty Images hide caption

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By some estimates, nearly half of the people confined in U.S. jails and prisons have a mental illness, notes Alisa Roth, author of Insane: America's Criminal Treatment of Mental Illness. Darrin Klimek/Getty Images hide caption

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'Insane': America's 3 Largest Psychiatric Facilities Are Jails

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Madison Jensen, 21, died on Dec. 1, 2016, of a cardiac arrhythmia due to dehydration and opiate withdrawal while in custody of the Duchesne County, Utah, jail. Courtesy of Jared Jensen hide caption

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People walk by a sign at the entrance to Rikers Island on March 31, 2017. New York cITY Mayor Bill de Blasio has said that he agrees with the fundamentals of a plan to close the jail complex within 10 years. Spencer Platt/Getty Images hide caption

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Kara Salim, 26, got out of the Marion County, Indiana, jail in 2015 with a history of domestic-violence charges, bipolar disorder and alcoholism — and without Medicaid coverage. As a result, she couldn't afford the fees for court-ordered therapy. Philip Scott Andrews for KHN hide caption

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Signed Out Of Prison But Not Signed Up For Health Insurance

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Dawn Herbert visits with her son Tommy Rogers via video call at Cheshire County Jail in Keene, N.H. Natasha Haverty for NPR hide caption

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Video Calls Replace In-Person Visits In Some Jails

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Is America Engaged In A 'Vicious Circle' Of Jailing The Poor?

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A cell at New York's Rikers Island jail. About 1,000 people die in American jails every year, and about a third of those are suicides. Seth Wenig/AP hide caption

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The 'Shock Of Confinement': The Grim Reality Of Suicide In Jail

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Remote Jailing Cuts Off Inmates From Real-World Support System

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