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September 26, 2013 12:00 AM

Push for treatment, not jail, for mentally ill

In Pierce County, untreated or undertreated mental illness is a major driver of law enforcement and jail costs. It gobbles up public dollars for arresting, prosecuting, adjudicating and incarcerating offenders who might have been able to avoid the criminal justice system had their underlying mental conditions been adequately addressed.

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