- Newt Gingrich, Van Jones: Mentally ill people disproportionately represented in prisons; crimes are often direct result of mental illness
- They say we lock them up for nonviolent crimes instead of getting them treatment that could improve lives and safety
Newt Gingrich is former speaker of the House and was a candidate in the 2012 Republican presidential primaries. CNN contributor Van Jones is president and founder of Rebuild the Dream, an online platform focusing on policy, economics and media. He was President Barack Obama's green jobs adviser in 2009. The opinions expressed in this commentary are solely those of the authors.
(CNN)Before Paton Blough got his bipolar disorder under control, it nearly cost him everything.