NYC Unveils Mental Health System Overhaul in Its Prisons

New York City has unveiled a drastic overhaul of its mental health system for inmates in their prisons. 

With $130 million to be spread over four years, the new plan aims to reduce recidivism rates by treating "frequent fliers," inmates that cycle in and out of prison, instead of punishing them for minor offenses. Inmates with mental health and substance abuse problems will now receive mental and public health treatment during almost every step of the criminal justice process. 

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