Prisons should be for hard-core criminals, not mentally ill people or drug addicts who commit crime to feed their habits, Calgary’s police chief says. Chief Rick Hanson is working with the province to build a system that will accommodate people with mental health issues and drug addictions, he said. A pilot project for a so-called “safe jail” — with secure treatment facilities — could be ready to launch in about 18 months, according to Hanson. “In order to diagnose mental illness, you’ve got to detox,” he said. Hanson estimated that 30 to 50 per cent of people in prisons have mental illness or drug addictions, or both. “When you’re not successful in detoxing, it’s so powerful. They need the drug and too often they’re committing a lot of crimes in order to fund their habit,” he said.
- CBC News
(It’s based on something like the truth, but couldn’t it just turn into another bedlam, snake pit, cuckoo’s nest, booby hatch? And wouldn’t it be easier to address the issue of the unwinnable “Drug War” which is flooding our prisons with POW’s? Food for th0ught … DRAK)