The Spark

the Voice of
The Communist League of Revolutionary Workers–Internationalist

“The emancipation of the working class will only be achieved by the working class itself.”
— Karl Marx

Jails and Mental Health

Mar 16, 2015

Cook County Sheriff Tom Dart reported that more than one in three prisoners in his jail suffer from severe mental illness. They end up in jail because there is nowhere else for them to go in Chicago. There are almost no mental health services left for people without money to pay.

What does it say about a society that doesn’t provide treatment for the mentally ill and instead jails them? That is a society that is criminal! Capitalist society!