Each year around twelve million people are arrested and processed through jails across the country. Sixty to seventy percent of those arrests are for misdemeanor offenses. Conversely in the latest Bureau of Justice Bulletin on jails an analysis of those individuals entering jails determined that sixty-four percent have suffered from a mental health issue within the last year.
These reports included on this were commissioned over the course of the last two years. The Baton Rouge Metro Council or the Baton Rouge Area Foundation commissioned the various reports. They point to the issue of reform for criminal justice system in an effort to better manage the resources and provide for better services for the public. That reform is the Bridge Center for Hope.
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