jails and mental illness

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Jacksonville Sheriff's Office

The public is invited to learn about mental health resources available in Northeast Florida on Monday evening. The Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office and the Jacksonville chapter of the NAACP are co-hosting a panel discussion at the downtown campus of Florida State College at Jacksonville at 6 p.m. in Room T140.


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Many Duval County jail inmates live with mental illness, but the county struggles to provide enough mental-health services. That’s why local officials are hoping the state Legislature can help.  

A Jacksonville lawmaker is proposing one solution: Keep more criminals with mental illness from getting locked up in the first place.

Psychiatric nurse Lynnette Kennison remembers a particularly challenging day at the Duval County Pre-Trial Detention Center. That's the main jail in downtown Jacksonville.