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Ireland Cannot Keep Criminalising The Mentally Unwell - MHC Report

The report says our justice and mental health systems are failing people in jail who are mentally ill.

The Mental Health Commission says Ireland can’t keep criminalising people who are mentally unwell.

A new report published by the Commission says the country’s justice and mental health systems are failing people in jail who are mentally ill.

It highlights a lack of programmes to divert low level offenders to the appropriate service.

Chair of the Commission, Offaly's John Saunders says people with severe mental illness should receive care outside of the prison system:

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