Atlanta Jailers: We’re Mental Case Dumping Ground

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Hoyt Jenkins wasn't supposed to be in the DeKalb County, Ga., Jail when he died, reports the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. In March, after a psychologist found him "delusional" and "actively psychotic," a judge ordered the inmate transferred to a state mental hospital. County jailers didn't know about the judge's order. Jenkins, 71, remained behind bars for three more months. On Wednesday morning, he was beaten to death. A 24-year-old jailed on a minor drug charge is accused of his murder. The case illustrates a bureaucratic bottleneck well known to sheriffs, prosecutors, and defense lawyers . . .

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