“There are too many people who are mentally ill and should be dealt with in the health system as opposed to the criminal justice system,” Mr. McRury said. “We need more sentencing options. One size does not fit all.
“Being tough on the most vulnerable in our society is not humane,” Mr. McRury added. “Unfortunately, deinstitutionalizing our mental hospitals has meant that we have exchanged prison cells for hospital beds – but without having enough supports in the community.”