California – Fresno County jail meeting mental health requirements

Posted at 10:34 AM on Tuesday, Jun. 07, 2011 – By Barbara Anderson / The Fresno Bee Contrary to criticism against the Fresno County Jail, mentally ill inmates receive care that meets the jail’s legal obligations, a Fresno County grand jury has found. The grand jury investigated after receiving a complaint about the treatment of inmates with mental illness. Treatment has been substandard, and that is cruel and unusual punishment, the complaint alleged. Fresno County Public Defender Kenneth Taniguchi said his concern is for his clients with mental illness. “We understand we can’t view the jail as a state mental hospital,” he said. “The criminal justice system has put this whole problem on the jail, where it shouldn’t be to begin with.” Full Story:

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California – Fresno County jail meeting mental health requirements

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