Mental Illness Factored Into 1 In 10 Georgia Jail Deaths Since 2008

May 21, 2018

The United States Department of Justice estimates nearly two-thirds of all jail inmates have mental health problems.


In Georgia, a new investigation raises serious questions about the quality of care those inmates receive.


Over the last decade, 1 in 6 of nearly 200 deaths in Georgia jails not attributable to natural causes has involved inmates who showed signs of mental illness, the Georgia News Lab, WSB-TV and Atlanta Journal-Constitution investigation has found.


We spoke with Georgia News Lab reporters Christina Maxouris and Harrison Young to find out more. The AJC's Brad Schrade also joined.