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Dallas is saving $30 million by cutting down on the number of mentally ill people in prison, with help from a new predictive analytics tool

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HarrisLogic uses data to identify prisoners that require intensive treatment for mental illness. 
The company’s analytics can predict who will return to prison within six months with a high degree of accuracy.
By cutting back on treatment costs and recidivism, HarrisLogic has saved Dallas County $30 million over the course of four years. 

The majority of America’s prison population is mentally ill, but there are few ways to effectively diagnose and care for prisoners on a massive scale. 

In Dallas, the technology and clinical services company HarrisLogic is attempting to solve this problem using data-driven tools to determine the appropriate behavioral health services for prisoners. By pooling information from jails, police departments, emergency services, mental health and social services, courts, and hospitals, the company has saved Dallas County $30 million over the course of four years.See the rest of the story at Business Insider

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