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CRIMEWATCH: Mental Health and Jails

Fox News 7 interview with Texas Jail Project Executive Director Diana Claitor

An increasing number of the people held in our county jails are people living with mental illness or disabilities. Fox News 7 interviews Texas Jail Project Executive Director Diana Claitor about her thoughts on the problem.

05/06/2019 CRIMEWATCH: Mental Health and JailsFox News 7.

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Sandra Ashbrook

My 76 year old husband was arrested and held in jail for the first time in his life and was not able to call me to let me know where he was so that I could bring his medicine for Parkinson’s Disease. Not only was he endangered but I was out driving country roads until 3:15am looking into creeks and ditches and fence rows for an accident victim. The jail could have used his cell phone to call a family member so at least we were not rising out lives looking for him.

Michael Skipwith

My good friend Sara is in Dallas county jail charged with simple possession suffers from mental illness which is well documented by M.H.M.R and receives disability. Yet she is not in mental health court and after a combined 12months in jail was to be sentenced to probation . Fortunately she was on suicide watch and not sentenced today .As she has no memory of the drugs in her backpack and as for as I’m concerned has done enough time for a first time offender and can’t be getting good treatment as she has tried to kill herself and I fear… Read more »

Michael, We are very concerned about Sara. We emailed you some information. Please check and let us know as soon as you can.

Carla Perry

How do you get your mentally ill family member into mental health court if there is no such court in our county?

Carla, I’ve emailed you regarding the complaint you made about the treatment of your family member. Please email or call me so we can discuss a strategy to help him get to a specialty court.