Tuesday, May 27, 2008

Mental Healthcare, or the Death Penalty?

Kristin Houle's Prevention Not Punishment blog aims to educate the public about the intersection of the death penalty and severe mental illness, and we're grateful to Kristin for posting information about MVFHR's new collaborative effort with the National Alliance on Mental Illness. We announced the project a couple of weeks ago, and it will continue to be a primary focus of our work over the next several months.

I'm sending you over to Kristin's blog for the latest information about the project today, rather than re-posting it here, so that you can have a chance to check out the other valuable material there as well. For example, Kristin offers this notable fact: "The State of Texas ranks 47th nationally in terms of per capita spending on mental healthcare, according to the National Alliance on Mental Illness. It ranks 1st in executions (more than 400 since 1982)."

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