The New ‘Asylum’: When Jails Become Mental Health Facilities

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Michael Lawrence Martinez Jr. sits behind plexiglass at the Fabian Dale Dominguez State Jail during an interview. Photo by Ana Ramirez/Victoria Advocate


In a white [prison] jump suit, Michael Martinez Jr., clung to a phone and rattled off all the things he wished he would have said to his mother.

Her boyfriend killed her in 2012 before taking his own life. Martinez says he was there when his brothers kicked in her door [of their home in Victoria, Tx] and made the grisly discovery; and he has been using . . .

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