Chicago’s Cook County Jail is teeming with nonviolent offenders, and as many as one-third of them report or display signs of mental illness.

To combat the problem, the Cook County Jail has named Nneka Jones Tapia, a psychologist, as the jail’s director. This is the first appointment of its kind in the country, according to county officials.

“Detention in jails should be reserved for violent and dangerous offenders, not poor, sick and nonviolent individuals who need treatment,” said Jones Tapia.

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