I used to joke that you had to break into Oklahoma prisons because they were so over-crowded. What did I mean? Well, unless the charge was just horrendous, people didn't go to prison on the first round, or probably not the second or third. Well who is going to prison -- people with CHRONIC PROBLEMS -- and in many cases that is really CHRONIC DISEASE. Now as a society we have some understanding of this -- and we understand that Drugs and Mental Health are driving some of our mass incarceration crisis. But what we are doing IS NOT SUFFICIENT IN MANY CASES to address those problems, despite the fact that we have evidence-based practices. Well, what is the result of that: if someone has had significant Mental Health issues for much of his or her life, maybe is poor and Black, as he or she gets older -- the System considers that person "Ineligible" for intensive treatment programs -- because they've had "a lot of chances." Of course, they really haven't had a lot of "chances" to recover from serious Mental Illness with the support they need and for that matter jail or prison or homelessness isn't the right place for them anyway. It is heartbreaking how much the people who are incarcerated that I work with want to prevent what they have known from happening to others. I'm off this morning to the Denver Detention Center.