Lynn Moore, a paranoid schizophrenic, standing on a street corner in Canton, Ohio after his release from prison.

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The Released

April 28, 2009 / 54m

Season 2009: Episode 13


This year, hundreds of thousands of prisoners with serious mental illnesses will be released into communities across America, the largest exodus in the nation’s history. Typically, mentally ill offenders leave prison with a bus ticket, $75 and two weeks worth of medication. Within eighteen months, nearly two-thirds are re-arrested. In this follow-up to the groundbreaking film The New Asylums, FRONTLINE examines what happens to the mentally ill when they leave prison and why they return at such alarming rates. [Explore more stories on the original website for The Released.]