Elevated Grounds
_The discussions we have been having so far in regards to mental illness have not talked about an important issue for me, which is, what do we do when the police arrest, detain, or otherwise involve youth with mental illnesses in the criminal justice system?  This a dangerous place for the police to be because they are trampling on these people’s rights to first have access to help and counseling, forcing them instead to test the waters of the justice system.  Police should take great pains to not unnecessarily involve people with mental illness in the justice system, and should, as providers of security to the community, be offering people counseling, or other methods of alleviating some of the pain already being felt by people with mental illnesses. 

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