Court: NYC must support ill inmates leaving jail

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NEW YORK (AP) — A New York City judge has ruled city officials must provide more individualized discharge plans for mentally ill inmates leaving city jails.

A Manhattan state Supreme Court justice upheld Friday a 2003 settlement agreement between lawyers for the mentally ill and city officials.

Attorneys with the Urban Justice Center's Mental Health Project sued the city in 2000 on behalf of mentally ill inmates who were discharged from city jails with bus fare and little else.

The settlement requires specific plans for services and treatment for anyone who received mental health services while incarcerated.

About 40 percent of the roughly 12,000 inmates in city jails have a mentally health diagnosis and a third of them suffer from a serious mental illness.

The Law Department didn't immediately return a request for comment.

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