Sen. Al Franken of Minnesota seeks to expand care for mentally ill in prisons and jails

  • Article by: Associated Press
  • Updated: January 9, 2013 - 8:56 PM
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nogophersJan. 9, 1311:03 AM

1) Cost. 2) What are you prepared to cut in order to pay for this?

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davethedogJan. 9, 1311:12 AM

This is a commendable idea; but what we really need is to do something for these folks BEFORE they enter the criminal justice system. We need to return to the days when family members had more say in compelling a violent/dangerous family member to receive help.

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cgkkakJan. 9, 1311:14 AM

Maybe instead of seeking funding to expand care, the state should reopen some state facilities for house these mentally ill people who don't need to be in prison and get them the help they really need.

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cman2500Jan. 9, 1311:46 AM

The days of main streaming these people should be over they need help. And having these people whacked out on meds and out in the public is not the answer.

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porcupine12Jan. 9, 1311:47 AM

It is commendable. To give hope to the downtrodden, the outcast, for the confused souls who could benefit from professional help. They exist, they're out there. A society offering more complexities than solutions for our young and old and are more dependant than ever on non-family resources. Oh the importance of family! Where else can they go? Thank you Mr. Franken for taking thier case.

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greg62Jan. 9, 1312:05 PM

"1) Cost. 2) What are you prepared to cut in order to pay for this?"________ I heard about $500,000 per year, per prisoner.

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notforwardJan. 9, 1312:09 PM

We (you politicians) bring in about 3 biilion dollars per day, yet you spend about 11 billion per day. We have added over six trillion dollars to our deficit in less than four years. Team Obama's fifth year budget is expected to have a deficit of about 1.4 trillion dollars, and shortly he will be asking to raise the debt ceiling. Franken and Amy are still fighting the medical device tax that they both voted for, and now this is Franken's current priority? If any of you wonder how we've gotten to this position financially, just take a look at the leaders YOU voted for to make decisions on our behalf.

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omakristyJan. 9, 1312:15 PM

Commendable and timely. While we can agree that the best time to provide treatment is before someone with mental illness becomes part of the prison population, this is the real world, and people convicted of crimes that also have a mental health diagnosis should be treated while they serve prison sentence. The next solution is to address the shortcomings of mental health care in the US. It's time to take care of the problem. We're seeing daily evidence that the system isn't adequate. Bravo, Al. Thank you.

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tacotonyJan. 9, 1312:19 PM

This is why Franken will be a great Senator. He is willing to tackle the really tough issues that aren't pretty to deal with or won't likely result in a new large bloc of pro Franken voters. These are typically the down trodden silently neglected out of sight out of mind population that need help. This is a problem that is long over due for attention. I don't know what the cost will be but the benefit is we won't have our mentally ill population caged up like chickens waiting for slaughter. Thank you Sen.Franken for not becoming a water boy for the wealthy.

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bgronniJan. 9, 1312:28 PM

how about spending some of that money on the people in Congress like Al himself.

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