Behind Prison Walls: The Failing Treatment Choice for Mentally Ill Minority Youth

I. INTRODUCTION

On the night of November 12, 2007, Khiel Coppin, eighteen, was killed in a hail of fifteen bullets fired by New York City Police Department (―NYPD‖) officers in front of his family‘s home in Brooklyn, New York.

Many people in the neighborhood blamed this death on the NYPD officers‘ use of excessive force.

However, the tragedy can be attributed to circumstances that can be traced back as far as five years before Khiel‘s death.

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