Mentally ill now kept in prisons, advocate says – Raliegh News & Observer

RALEIGH — The number of people with serious mental illness in North Carolina’s prisons and jails is now more than six times higher than those in state psychiatric hospitals, a new study says.

The analysis, by the Wake County chapter of the National Alliance on Mental Illness, is expected to be the focus of an event today at the legislature. The advocacy group hopes to call attention to the pending closure of Dorothea Dix Hospital in Raleigh, which will reduce the number of state psychiatric hospitals from four to three.

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