Friday, February 17, 2006

Mentally Ill Languishing in Jail

Update: Six months and counting since Fredrick Harris was locked up. Almost 4 1/2 months since he was declared incompetent and ordered to be transferred to the state hospital. This is inexcusable, and an absolute disgrace.

Update: Mr. Harris is still in jail. He has now been held for over 5 1/2 months, with almost four of those months waiting to go to the state hospital after being found incompetent to stand trial. Grits for Breakfast picks up the larger story here.
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Meet Fredrick Harris. He is my client. He was found incompetent to stand trial on October 6, 2005. He was ordered transferred to the state mental hospital for treatment. It's December 24, 2005, and Mr. Harris, like many others in the Dallas County Jail, is still waiting to go.

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