Lawlor, on WNPR, says CT could save half the cost of mentally ill inmates if there were proper hospital beds

Michael P. Lawlor, the governor’s under secretary for criminal justice policy, is on WNPR’s “Where We Live,” talking about how if the front-line police had a place to send mentally ill rather than into the justice system, many offenders would be eligible for Medicaid, meaning the state would get a 50-percent federal reimbursement. If they’re in prison, the mentally are supported in full by taxpayers.