Old Mental Hospital Sign
Old Mental Hospital Sign
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The Story of Mental Illness in One Graph


Discovery Fellow Robert Marbut provides this telling graph on the correlation of falling support for psychiatric beds and the rise of the mentally ill population in prison. Deinstitutionalization since the ‘60’s went overboard and helped create the current crisis. 

A federal judge just fined the State of Washington 100 million dollars for its protracted neglect of mentally ill prisoners in Washington jails. 

The new sanitariums, as former Discovery Fellow Chris Rufo observed, are the street, the emergency room and the jail. This is somebody’s idea of progress? 

Bruce Chapman

Cofounder and Chairman of the Board of Discovery Institute
Bruce Chapman has had a long career in American politics and public policy at the city, state, national, and international levels. Elected to the Seattle City Council and as Washington State's Secretary of State, he also served in several leadership posts in the Reagan administration, including ambassador. In 1991, he founded the public policy think tank Discovery Institute, where he currently serves as Chairman of the Board and director of the Chapman Center on Citizen Leadership.