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Northwest Voices

Seattle Times letters to the editor

October 28, 2013 at 7:03 PM

Mental health in prisons can’t go unnoticed

Lawmakers in Olympia must focus on mental health issues

Kudos to Jonathan Martin for a great column on the issue of mental health in our state’s prisons [“Mental health in prisons: It’s a crime,” Opinion, Oct. 20].

The issue has been swept under the rug for far too long, and something needs to be done about it. For the offenders who will be released one day, it is vital for them to receive mental-health treatment before they are released. If they don’t receive that kind of treatment, the odds of them ending up back in prison is very high.

I hope some of our lawmakers in Olympia have read his column and use it as a tool to focus on mental-health issues.

Jeff Swanson, Everett

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