MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Sen. Al Franken is unveiling a bill to increase funding for mental health problems in prisons and jails.
The Minnesota Democrat unveiled the bill Wednesday in Duluth. It would continue federal funding for courts that divert the mentally ill from prison into treatment, and increase training police officers to better handle people with mental health issues.READ MORE: Kim Potter's Trial In Daunte Wright's Death Begins Wednesday: Here's How To Watch
It would also fund treatment courts for veterans.READ MORE: Minnesota Weather: System Setting Up Potential Snow Event Friday
Franken says better mental health care could cut expenses in the nation’s criminal justice system and reduce the number of people who re-offend.
Hennepin County Sheriff Rich Stanek has estimated that nearly one-third of the inmates booked into his county’s jails each year suffer from some form of mental illness.MORE NEWS: Undefeated Gophers Getting Along Just Fine Under Ben Johnson
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