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Senate Looks at Diversion Programs After Bland Death

“It seems that there was an issue with the follow-through on the initial assessment,” said Dr. Tony Fabelo, director of research for the Council of State Governments Justice Center. Fabelo led off testimony before the first hearing of the Texas Senate Committee on Criminal Justice into ways to prevent future jail suicides.

Utahns Say Mentally Ill Inmates Need Treatment, Not More Jail Time

Salt Lake County just completed a year-long study of people who flow through the criminal justice system–including the county jail. The study found that mentally ill inmates are not consistently getting the treatment they need and are spending too much time in jail waiting for such help. The study also found that the mentally ill are more likely to return to jail.

County Is Ready, but Is It Able, to Deal with Mentally Ill?

“We’ve known for some time that we needed better data on where the gaps are in how we identify, assess, track and treat those folks [i.e., the mentally ill] who wind up in jail as the facility of last resort,” said Salt Lake County Mayor Ben McAdams. “This study confirms that we’re on the right path but that there’s more to do.”