A dearth of beds at state psychiatric hospitals and shortages of mental health resources mean that mentally ill people who commit minor crimes often end up languishing in jails, which are poorly equipped to handle them. It’s a difficult problem that can create a grim cyclical pattern: Untreated mentally ill people are carted off to jail, where their illnesses go unaddressed, which increases the odds that they will commit crimes after their release. Cities, counties and states are attempting . . .
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