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SHOTLIST: AP TELEVISION - AP CLIENTS ONLYChicago - June 26, 20141. Tight shot of Donald drawing2. Wide shot of Donald drawing3. Medium shot of doorway into dorm 24. Tight shot of Donald's drawing 5. Medium shot of Donald drawing 6. Tight shot of Donald drawing7. Medium shot of bunk beds in dorm 28. Medium shot of cell in intake 9. Medium shot of veteran in cell10. Tight shot of Vietnam veteran hat11. SOUNDBITE: Elli Petacque Montgomery, Deputy Director Mental Health Policy (transcript below)12. Medium shot of William doing crosswords on his bunk13. Tight shot of crosswords14. SOUNDBITE: William, Inmate (transcript below)15. Medium shot of newly arrested doing intake interview 16. Tight shot of newly arrested hands 17. Wide shot of the infirmary, Cermak,hallway18. Tight shot of corrections officer guarding art therapy class at Cermak19. Medium shot of rooms for acutely mentally ill 20. Tight shot of bed in Cermak infirmary room21. Medium shot of men sleeping on floor of cell in intake22. SOUNDBITE: Thomas Dart, Cook County Sheriff23. Medium shot of inmates on bunk beds24. Medium shot of cell full of newly arrested in intake25. Medium shot of dorm 2 division 226. SOUNDBITE: Eric Balaban, ACLU Senior Staff Council for the National Prison Project (transcript below)27. Wide shot of two inmate rooms in Cermak infirmary 28. Tight shot of bulletin board in Cermak infirmary 29. SOUNDBITE: Dr. Jack Raba, Interim Head of Cook County Jail Infirmary (transcript below)30. Medium shot of newly arrested sleeping on floor of cell in intake31. Tight shot of newly arrested hanging on to cage of cell 32. Medium shot of inmate Donald drawing 33. Medium shot of inmates in dorm 2 on bunk beds. VOICE-OVER SCRIPT:NATS: I get up really early in the morning and I just sit up and I drawSIXTY YEAR OLD DONALD LOOKS LIKE AN ARTIST BUT WE FOUND HIM AT COOK COUNTY JAIL. WHAT BRINGS DONALD WHO WE'RE IDENTIFYING BY FIRST NAME ONLY AT THE REQUEST OF THE PUBLIC DEFENDER'S OFFICE_ AND SO MANY OTHERS THROUGH THESE REVOLVING DOORS...IS THE FACT THAT JAILS HAVE BECOME DEFACTO TREATMENT CENTERS FOR PEOPLE WITH SERIOUS MENTAL ILLNESSES.SOUNDBITE: Elli Petacque Montgomery, Deputy Director of the Office of Mental Health Policy"The majority of crimes by mentally ill are people who are off their meds they're hungry they're tired they're trying to find shelter so it's a criminal trespass it's a petty theft."A CYCLE WILLIAM KNOWS ALL TOO WELL. SOUNDBITE: William, Inmate"We commit the crimes that will put money in our pockets to continue medicating ourselves." ONCE INMATES ARE DIAGNOSED, MANY ARE HOUSED AND TREATED ON A SEPARATE FLOOR. JAIL OFFICIALS SAY ABOUT 30 PERCENT OF THE TEN THOUSAND INMATES HERE HAVE A SERIOUS MENTAL ILLNESS.... AN ISSUE MOST JAILS ARE ILL-EQUIPPED TO ADDRESS.SOUNDBITE: Thomas Dart, Cook County Sheriff"You're given a court order by the judge to hold this person in the jail until you're told not to you're not supposed to do anything other than feed them… you're not in there trying to cure people."THE ACLU NATIONAL PRISON PROJECT IS FIGHTING TO IMPROVE CONDITIONS FOR INMATES WITH MENTAL ILLNESSES.SOUNDBITE: Eric Balaban, ACLU Senior Staff Council for the National Prison Project"The problems we found go from failing to identify serious mentally ill at intake failing to implement adequate suicide prevention measures that lead to preventable suicides, failure to provide appropriate medications."THE INTERIM HEAD OF THE COOK COUNTY INFIRMARY AGREES JAILS ARE NOT THE PLACE TO TREAT MENTAL HEALTH PROBLEMS.SOUNDBITE: Dr. Jack Raba, Interim Head of Cook County Jail Infirmary"I think it's clear to society that we put in people into jail many who shouldn't be here. Many hwo have medical and mental health problems that would be addressed not in a jail setting."CHICAGO CLOSED SIX OF ITS 12 OUTPATIENT MENTAL HEALTH CLINICS TWO YEARS AGO.FOR MANY, LIKE DONALD WHO SUFFERS FROM DEPRESSION, THERE'S NOWHERE ELSE TO GO. PRIYA SRIDHAR, THE ASSOCIATED PRESS, CHICAGO