Lawmakers to Examine Rehab of Mentally Ill, Addicted Inmates

Updated, Tuesday, April 22, at 3:29 p.m.: 

Prison officials and advocacy groups told lawmakers on Tuesday that when it comes to ensuring that inmates with substance abuse and mental illness issues don’t commit more crimes, they should focus on providing services outside of prisons. 

Brad Livingston, executive director of the Texas Department of Criminal Justice, said those issues, some of the most troubling for the criminal justice system, precede the inmates' incarceration. For instance, if drug abusers commit crimes while on a drug binge, they will be admitted into local jails often without medical attention or an ...

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