Despite the best efforts at diversion, many people with mental health issues end up in the criminal justice system. It’s led to no small amount of tragedy.
Think of Janice Dotson-Stephens, who lived with schizophrenia and died in the Bexar County Adult Detention Center in 2018. She spent months in jail on a criminal trespass charge, losing 136 pounds because she refused meals. Think of Jack Ule, a homeless and schizophrenic man who died in the jail in 2019, also placed there on a criminal trespass charge and nominal cash bail he could never afford.