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Criminalization Fact Sheet

As part of the ongoing development of our CIT Advocacy Toolkit, we are pleased to announce the release of Criminalization Facts. This fact sheet provides the basic information you will need to argue persuasively that criminalization of people with mental illnesses is costly for communities, a burden on police and corrections, and tragic for people with mental illnesses.  It features sections on the high incidence of criminal justice involvement; the burden on corrections and police, and strategies that work to get people effective community services that prevent incarceration.

Tip: Local information is always more persuasive to decision-makers. If you have access to local information about the costs of incarcerating someone with mental illness, the cost of emergency psychiatric services, or tragedies involving people with mental illness and police or corrections, use this data to customize the fact sheet. Contact for an editable version of Criminalization Facts.