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Lawmakers address mental health care needs of prison Wednesday

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State lawmakers will hear ideas Wednesday on dealing with mentally ill prisoners.

A recent audit found that more than 30 percent of criminals in Wisconsin prisons have mental health care needs.

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It cost almost $60 million to provide care to those inmates in 2007.

And Larry Dupuis of the American Civil Liberties Union says the best way to reduce that cost is to make sure the mentally ill don't end up behind bars.

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