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Most people with mental illness involved in the justice system are not violent criminals. NAMI works to reduce criminalization of people with mental illness by promoting local programs that divert people from the justice system and into treatment, and by advocating with state and federal policy makers to improve access to treatment and services that can prevent involvement with the justice system. We also work to counteract the often horrific conditions faced by people with mental illnesses in jails and prisons.We are honored to partner with mental health provider agencies, corrections systems, law enforcement, courts and other leaders who understand that people need treatment, not jail.