Kansas Has Witnessed A Spike In The Number Of Mentally Ill Prisoners

By  | 

TOPEKA, Kan. (WIBW)-- Kansas has seen a spike in the number of mentally ill prisoners since 2006.

The Topeka Capital-Journal is reporting two out of five adult inmates in Kansas are classified as mentally ill.

Senate Republican Steve Fitzgerald blames the spike on the state's failure to develop an effective community based system of treatment.

Mental health spending in the state of Kansas has been cut 12% from 2008 to 2011.

Following the Sandy Hook School shooting Governor Sam Brownback has announced he would redirect $10 million for a new mental health initiative.