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How two reporters laid bare chronic problems in Texas jails, where inmates with mental health... more »
posted 02/02/22
Because of stiff penalties and a backlogged state hospital system, relatively minor assaults can... more »
posted 07/21/21

David Barer's Work

State data show a record number of people experiencing a mental health crisis are waiting in jails for beds in state hospitals that don’t have enough staff to operate at capacity.
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.