Mayor eyes jail alternative for mentally ill, drug addicted

Each country has their own struggle with drug addiction. Every day, we see or hear news or happenings that have something to do with drugs. We can also see that the effects of drugs can be very deadly and dangerous to the user, other people, and society as a whole. With how severe the problem is, everyone is trying to figure out the best way to solve it.

In Oregon, their mayor is considering jail alternative for mentally ill and drug addicted people. Public records show Portland officials are in the early stages of exploring whether the city may create a jail alternative for people arrested for non-violent acts related to mental health or addiction. The Oregonian/OregonLive reports deputy city attorney Andrea Barraclough responded to Mayor Ted Wheeler’s senior adviser in September saying the she believes the city could create such a space.

 

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She also said that type of facility would need approval from state regulators and likely would need to follow the same laws as correctional facilities.

Wheeler’s senior aide Berk Nelson said Monday that the mayor’s office, in coordination with Multnomah County, asked for the legal research on a jail alternative.

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