Governor Signs Bill Creating Mental Health Courts

May 5, 2011  |  

(AJC) — Gov. Nathan Deal has signed legislation that will create the state’s first mental health court system, saying he is disturbed by the rate of repeat offenders and people crowding jails who suffer from addiction, developmental disabilities and mental illness.  During his inaugural address, Deal pledged to address overcrowding in the state’s prison system and pointed to treating underlying problems like mental illness as part of the solution.

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