A cornerstone of the Viatorian mission statement is the community’s commitment to embracing those “accounted of little importance.”

Persons dealing with mental health issues, and especially those in America’s prisons, would be among those “accounted of little importance.”

Read the latest article in The Guardian about the mistreatment of people with serious mental illness in American prisons. Its statistics show that nearly half of people incarcerated have some form of mental illness and that number jumps to 75 percent for women inmates.

Read more about this crisis and its statistics, which show that although the numbers of those in prison are going down, the proportion of prisoners with mental illness has gone up.