Texas Officials Seeking Room for Mentally Ill Inmates

State officials are trying to figure out what to do with about 400 mentally incompetent local jail inmates across the state ahead of a state district judge’s expected ruling to require state hospitals to find beds to treat them. 

“It boils down to space,” said Carrie Williams, a spokeswoman for the Texas Department of State Health Services. 

Judge Orlinda Naranjo of Austin is poised to finalize a ruling this week that will require jails to send mentally incompetent inmates for treatment at a state hospital within 21 days of the time they are ordered committed.

She said ...

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