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Supervision of the Mentally Ill Can Reduce Violence and Create Safer Communities

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Supervision of the Mentally Ill Can Reduce Violence and Create Safer Communities

Policing Insight May 21, 2021
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To improve public safety, governments across the nation need to provide more supervision for mentally ill people. That can happen either in a hospital or community-based setting, and under involuntary or voluntary conditions.

Supervision is a necessary condition of effective treatment. Somewhere around 40%-50% of seriously mentally ill individuals receive no treatment for their condition. As a result, they are often involved in subway pushings and other random assaults on strangers, and comprise 15%-20% of the incarcerated population, despite comprising only around 5% of the adult population

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Stephen Eide is a senior fellow at the Manhattan Institute and contributing editor of City Journal.

Photo by Eric Kitayama/iStock

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