Special Report: Managing Mental Illness


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PORTSMOUTH, Va. (WAVY) — A growing number of inmates suffer from some form of mental illness.

They get treatment in jail, but what happens when they are released?

When they leave jail, they’re often given just the clothes they were wearing at the time they were arrested. No money, no housing, no transportation; and worse: no medication.

It’s up to the inmate to find help. And without it, experts say, those inmates are at a higher risk for re-offending.

Officials at the Hampton Roads Regional jail are testing a new program aimed at bridging that gap, and setting up help before an inmate is…