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Despite efforts to reduce incarceration, LA County's incarcerated inmates with mental illness increased by 54% from 2015-2022, highlighting inadequate care and funding issues.
America’s largest county has launched numerous initiatives to shrink its jail population and divert people with mental illness from jail entirely.
Los Angeles County is imprisoning more people with mental illness than it did a decade ago—but is failing to provide them with basic treatment.
Despite promises to divert mentally ill individuals from jail, Los Angeles County sees a significant rise in incarcerated people with mental illnesses.
Diversion programs were touted as a way to lower the number of people with mental illness in county jails.