One out of every four inmates in Colorado prisons is mentally ill. In Arapahoe County, efforts are underway to change that. From Colorado Public News, Ann Imse reports that a one-year-old mental health court is having remarkable results keeping chronic criminals out of prison.

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Photo Caption: Barbara, left, a defendant in the Arapahoe County Mental Health court, consults with Magistrate Laura Findorff, right, and Gina Shimeall, court coordinator. An 11-time convicted felon, Barbara has made significant progress halting her criminal behavior and addictions, and credits the counseling, therapy and structure she receives from the problem-solving court. (Photo by Mike McPhee, Colorado Public News)


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