Our prison population, is comprised of a disproportionate number of minorities and low-income Americans — 37 percent of whom have chronic diseases, 65 to 80 percent of whom have struggled with substance abuse, and 13 percent of whom suffer from severe mental illness. With state cuts to mental health funding and California’s bursting prison population, prisons have also turned into de facto asylums, perpetuating cycles of mental illness and poverty in minority populations. This is a crisis.
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An interesting article in the October 6, 2013 issue of the Sacramento Bee “Bible college in prison helps some find peace…Once-Feared Penitentiary Sees Progress” These in prison Bible Colleges are not only making a difference in the lives of the inmates taking the classes but it’s “changing the culture of the prison.” Sounds like the same goal of this website.