Since 2006, there has been a 126 percent increase in mentally ill prisoners in Kansas, the Topeka Capital-Journal reported. Now, nearly 2 in 5 Kansas adult inmates are mentally ill. After the Newtown, Conn., shooting, Gov. Sam Brownback proposed redirecting $5 million in funding to community mental health centers (whose grants had been cut sharply recent years) and $5 million to new regional recovery support centers.
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