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Why Are Our Mentally Ill in Prison Instead of Getting Real Help?

In the United States, more mentally ill individuals are in jail than in psychiatric hospitals. Each year, more than 2 million people with serious mental illness are imprisoned in the US—equaling the size of Houston. This makes up 20% of the total incarcerated population. Roughly half of those thrown into jail get no treatment, and the annual cost of keeping an individual with mental illness in prison is three times more than the average annual cost of community mental health services ($31,000 vs. $10,000). The Revolving Door of Prison Forget the ridiculous costs associated with it, jails fail the mentally ill for reasons far beyond that. The mentally ill need help in the form of therapeutic treatment, not punishment in the form of prison. When the mentally ill commit a crime, they should be taken to a place where they can recover. As proven by the revolving door that the…
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How Do Plea Bargains Work?

Many criminal cases are actually over before evidence is ever presented to a jury. In fact, most cases never go to trial at all. That’s because an overwhelming majority of criminal cases are settled through plea bargains. What Are Plea Bargains? Essentially, a plea bargain is the negotiation between the prosecution and defense as to what punishment a defendant should receive if they plead guilty to the crime. For example, a criminal defense lawyer may present prosecutors with a deal saying her client will plead guilty to misdemeanor drug charges. In exchange, she will ask that the defendant do 20 hours’ community service and receive probation instead of jail time. Plea bargaining expedites the litigation process, freeing up the court’s perpetually overcrowded calendar. Plea bargains can benefit all parties; defendants get lesser penalties, and the courts can close more cases. Who Decides Whether to Take a Deal? Your defense lawyers…
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How Much Should I Tell My Defense Attorney?

When you and your criminal defense attorney sit down to discuss your case, your lawyer will need to know all the details you can provide if you want the best defense. That way, they know for sure what will and what won’t work for a defense. Without knowing all the details, your attorney won’t be able to accurately advise you on what to do regarding your case. It will also be very difficult to determine the best kind of defense they should work towards. For example, if you’ve been charged with killing your husband, but you don’t tell your lawyer about the history of physical and emotional abuse he put you through over the years, your lawyer can’t use that history as part of your defense. Additionally, without knowing everything, your defense lawyer may not be able to argue self-defense, or that someone else committed the crime. Attorney/Client Privilege Whatever…
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