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Fri May 26, 2017, 05:42 PM

Mentally ill languish in Texas jails despite funding hike

May. 24, 2017
AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Though a judge deemed her mentally unfit to stand trial fourteen months ago, Jennifer Lampkin is still sitting in an Austin jail cell because there are no free spots for her at the state’s psychiatric hospitals.

Lampkin, 35, has both intellectual disabilities and a mental illness, and without treatment, the court couldn’t reassess her competency to stand trial on an assault charge for allegedly slapping a child, which might at least allow her case to progress.

“I don’t think she understands why she remains in jail,” said her attorney, Elsie Craven. “She’s stressed because she doesn’t know what’s going to happen. I don’t believe she’s getting the treatment she needs. How could she? She’s in jail.”

Lampkin is one of hundreds of mentally ill Texas inmates who have been stuck in jail for months waiting for a spot at one of the state’s overcrowded and understaffed mental hospitals. Though such problems aren’t unique to Texas, its inmates face among the nation’s longest waits to receive psychiatric treatment and the problem is only getting worse despite recent efforts to improve the situation.

The average wait for a maximum security inmate to get in-patient psychiatric treatment has nearly doubled in the past two years, to 127 days, according to the Texas Health and Human Services Commission.



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Fri May 26, 2017, 05:45 PM

1. The states mental hospital, Rusk in East Texas

Is ancient and decrepit. Has to be worse than prison there. Mentally ill in Texas are used and abused!

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Fri May 26, 2017, 05:52 PM

2. They also run them. And write the laws

A bunch of sociopaths cutting budgets for tax cuts while crowding people into inhuman conditions. Barf.

I get so embarrassed at how we treat the less able of our society. It helps to read stuff from reasonable, sane DUers in order to remember there are good people still.

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