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September 2, 2014, 4:27 pm
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Lawmen Look for Solutions to Problem of Mental Illness and Criminal Justice


Police and prosecutors say it’s an increasingly common problem, and one without any easy solutions.

 

They are concerned about the rising number of incidents involving law enforcement and mentally ill individuals.

 

At a meeting in Springfield Wednesday, Sangamon County State’s Attorney John Milhiser and other top lawmen say as other services for mentally ill individuals are scaled back, it becomes more likely that they will become a problem for the criminal justice system.

 

Officials say more training and planning is needed to address the issue.

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