Fairfax County Government

Fairfax County, Virginia

Reducing the Number of People With Mental Illness in Jail

The number of people with mental illness in U.S. jails has reached crisis levels. In counties across the nation, some jails now have more people with mental illness than in local psychiatric hospitals. Stepping Up is a nationwide initiative to reduce the number of people with mental illness in jails, and this May Stepping Up is leading a full Month of Action, during which time counties will demonstrate their impact and highlight their efforts toward reducing the number of people with mental illnesses in jail.

So how are we “Stepping Up?”

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