mentally ill inmates

Our fairly recent reliance on prisons and homelessness as solutions to mental illness was the common fashion 200 years ago but now seems anachronistic and indecent in a society that has the tools and can afford to do much better.
Gov. Jerry Brown's demands that a federal court relax the judicially mandated prison-population cap not only highlight California's outlier status in prison policy, but also underscore the need for President Barack Obama's initiative to increase mental-health services.
Studies by the US government have found over half of all jail and prison inmates have mental health issues, and suicide is the number one cause of death in local jails. HuffPost Front Page Editor Alana Horowitz joins Ahmed to discuss.