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America’s correctional system is continuously presented with issues that require attention and immediate action. One of these areas deals with the mentally ill American prison population. It has been determined that roughly 60% of inmates have been diagnosed with a form of mental illness. With this problem within our correctional system, programs need to be created that specifically treat the mentally ill within these facilities. Such programs' end goal should be focused on aiding the mentally ill and reducing recidivism within this correction population. Throughout this paper, we will discuss specific implemented programs and whether these programs succeed in helping these inmates. This topic has historically received much attention from news media outlets that help designate the successes and failures of studied programs.

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