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posted 02/02/2022
How two reporters laid bare chronic problems in Texas jails, where inmates with mental health needs languish and die at alarming rates.
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.

Josh Hinkle's Blog

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

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This project was supported by the USC Annenberg Center for Health Journalism....
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.