- Associated Press - Wednesday, December 2, 2015

TRENTON, N.J. (AP) - Three New Jersey counties are each getting $150,000 grants to divert inmates out of jail who belong in psychiatric care.

NJ.com reports (https://bit.ly/1Qdf1sE ) Acting Attorney General John Hoffman announced the move Tuesday. Gloucester, Hunterdon and Warren counties are receiving the funds.

Officials say the money will be spread over a two-year period and will be used to contract with private professionals to screen, treat and provide case management to offenders diverted from jails.

Hoffman says these services for low-level criminals with diagnosed mental disorders is a cost-effective alternative to prison and reduces the changes of the person reoffending.

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