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Kendra’s Law Reduces Crime

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Kendra’s Law Increases Medication compliance

Kendra’s Law Reduces Arrests

Kendra’s Law Reduces hospital admissions

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Kendra’s Law increased Service capacity

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Kendra’s Law: National Law Journal

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Make Kendra’s Law Permanent

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