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posted 07/21/2021
Because of stiff penalties and a backlogged state hospital system, relatively minor assaults can turn into extended legal debacles for those with mental illness in Texas.

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Because of stiff penalties and a backlogged state hospital system, relatively minor assaults can... more »
posted 07/21/21

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In recent years, there have been efforts to increase other competency restoration alternatives – like jail-based or outpatient methods – but for some people, those options are not always available.
An examination of shortfalls in Texas' oversight of the state hospital waitlist spotlights unreliable data and records that aren’t kept, like the race and ethnicity of people on the waitlist and how many die each year before getting to the hospital.
By October 2021, the number of people stuck in jail waiting for a state hospital bed had grown to a new record of 1,838 people.