Release to Associated Press-December 16, 2015
Chairman of the NAMI Criminal Justice Advocacy for the Mentally Ill, Joseph M. Jason called for a Revolution against Mass Incarceration. He stated that it is a crime against humanity for the United States to have 5% of the world population, but yet 25% of the world prison population. Many of the offenders like his son Daniel Jason are non-violent and suffer from mental illness. The mentally ill and people with Autism have no chance in the Criminal Injustice System and that needs to be changed. There must be treatment and not incarceration. We must keep advocating for change. We will not bow. We will not break. We will continue to advocate.
“If societies are judged by how they treat their most disabled members. Our society will be judged harshly indeed,” said E. Fuller Torrey M.D., a research psychiatrist and Treatment Advocacy Founder.