Re Fred Grimm’s Oct. 11 column, Broward’s mentally ill defendants lost in a Kafka-like court system: Our legal system too often is ill prepared to deal with people who suffer from a severe mental illness, leaving this vulnerable population at a huge disadvantage as they try to navigate through the already-complicated court system.
Many of these inmates are convicted of minor crimes, but they do not have the resources to adequately defend themselves. Instead they enter a prison system that lacks the resources or training to treat them effectively, creating a cycle of repeated imprisonment that often cannot be broken.
We need to connect individuals to treatment to improve outcomes for offenders with mental illness.
James Garcia, Miami
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