Treatment of the mentally ill | Special Series
More than 6,300 people diagnosed with mental illness are behind bars in Virginia jails, where they receive minimal or no treatment.
Diagnosed as bipolar and off his medications, the 20-year veteran firefighter was naked in an elevator when he was first arrested in South Carolina. Read more.../span>
Worlds apart in their treatment of mental illness, the Hampton Roads Regional Jail in Portsmouth and Eastern State Hospital in James City County have overlapping populations. Some even go back and forth between the two institutions. Read more.../span>
Hampton Roads Regional Jail houses several hundred inmates who have been diagnosed with mental illness. They include men and women, those who've committed "nuisance" crimes, such as trespassing, and those convicted of felonies, including assault. Read more.../span>
— The unlikely meeting that took place Wednesday at the Virginia Beach Courthouse said a lot about Navy veteran Ted Olsen, both the good and the bad. Read more.../span>
They've served their jail time or they've been released from hospital custody. Then what happens to those diagnosed with a mental illness? Read more.../span>
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