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Leading psychiatrists claim that Australian prisons have replacedasylums as holding centres for the mentally ill. – (Sydney Morning Herald — 16 July, 2005)
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Leading psychiatrists have admitted that a 20-year policy of treating mental patients in the community has failed. (The Australian — 16 July, 2005)
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Psychiatrists want ill out of jails
Psychiatrists want ill out of jails

Scott Simpson was at Sydney’s Long Bay jail when he was found dead in his cell, apparently after he hanged himself. By then Simpson, a tormented man described in prison documents as a delusional paranoid schizophrenic, had spent about two years in the high-risk management unit at Goulburn jail, locked in his cell 23 hours a day. (The Australian — 16 July, 2005)
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Queenslands peak mental health body says Governments are wasting money putting the mentally ill in prison It costs about $55 000 a year to keep a person in jail and a recent study in New South Wa (ABC News — 16 July, 2005)
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Shortcomings in the Queensland and South Australian mental health systems contributed to the failure to detect Cornelia Rau’s mental illness during her 10 months in wrongful detention. (The Australian — 16 July, 2005)
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