Minds That (Should) Matter

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Benjamin Desi Lopez shows a map of Victoria with pins pointing where he has covered graffiti. (Photo by Jaime R. Carrero/Victoria Advocate)

Blanca Jimenez held onto a railing and pulled herself up a flight of stairs a few days after undergoing back surgery to check on her jailed bipolar son. Her son had wiggled his way out of being committed in the past. Jimenez hoped his arrest meant he would finally get the help he needed.

But days passed, and Jimenez could not get the judges, jailers or community mental health professionals in Victoria, Texas, who were charged with taking care of . . .

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