Interview: Adam Hopkins on Washoe's forensic mental health team

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Interview: Adam Hopkins on Washoe's forensic mental health team

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Washoe County Detention Facility(photo by Hyytinen Engineering)

In 2011, 15% of the nearly 17,000 inmates at the Washoe County jail had a history of mental illness. And during that one-year period, there were 180 mentally ill inmates arrested 4 to 16 times each.

Each inmate costs at least $111 per day to house.

KUNR spoke to Adam Hopkins about this issue. He's a captain at the Washoe County jail for the sheriff's office and he's also a co-founder of our local forensic mental health team which is a special partnership between law enforcement and the Nevada division of mental health to provide continued care for mentally ill inmates when they are in jail and when they leave jail.

The goal is to cut down on recidivism and help these people become productive citizens.

To learn more, read the article "A Country in Crisis" by Adam Hopkins, published in the National Jail Exchange.