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Texans with mental illnesses are dying in Houston-area jails

A Houston Landing investigation found that nearly 180 people in Texas had been flagged as potentially mentally ill but died in jail instead of getting the care they needed.

By Alex Stuckey, Houston Landing
Rowena Ward replaces flowers on the gravestone belonging to her son, Rory, last month at Klein Memorial Park Cemetery in Houston on Jan. 7, 2023. Rory died in 2021 after being beaten by a fellow inmate at the Harris County Jail — one of 52 people who died of unnatural causes in the custody of Houston area jails and had exhibited mental health concerns over the past decade.

On the chopping block

Closing hospitals

The lost son

“I’m in jail”

A lack of diversion centers

A grueling time

Assaulted in a jail cell

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