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A Closer Look (Behind Bars) #194215

ABC Evening News for Thursday, Aug 31, 2000
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(Studio: Charles Gibson) A closer look at the mentally ill sent to jail introduced.

(Natchez, Mississippi: Deborah Amos) The story of mentally ill prisoners presented; scenes shown from the jail in Natchez, Mississippi. [Natchez police chief Willie HUFF - talks about the changing face of mental health treatment; outlines one prisoner's incarceration; says this is a national problem; states that five people have been murdered by patients waiting for hospital admittance.] The closing of state mental hospitals over the years recalled. [Mentally ill man's sister Sandra QADAN - talks about delays in her brother's treatment.]

Amos, Deborah;
Gibson, Charles

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