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New report highlights mental health issues in Texas jails

In 2010, Amy Lynn Cowling, a 33-year-old mother, was arrested for an outstanding misdemeanors warrant.

Upon arriving at the nearest jail, Cowling had to replace her normal medications with substitutes because her original medications were banned by the Texas jail system. While withdrawing from the drugs, she stopped eating, and began having hallucinations and seizures. After five days in jail, Cowling died of a seizure — without ever seeing a doctor.


Ritterbush, R. 02/01/2017 New report highlights mental health issues in Texas jailsThe Daily Texan.

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Panvrla White

I’m mentally ill I have a charge in Burnet county were they don’t have mhmr services I’m facing 10 years in prison for stealing at a Walmart while off my medication I’m once again considering suicide cause I can’t make it without my medication csn someone please offer me some help before I lose all hope panvrla63white@gmail.com