Decriminalizing mental illness in Ga.

Georgia corrections chief works on treatment options for 9,382 inmates

By Bill Rankin, Carrie Teegardin
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution

ATLANTA — One of every six inmates in state prisons is mentally ill, and the man who locks them up says that's too many.

"I think it's about time to decriminalize mental illness," said Georgia Corrections Commissioner Brian Owens.

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