Texas examines mental health issues in county jails

In the wake of high-profile jail suicides in Texas in the last year, the Texas House and Senate are studying mental health issues and regulation of county jails this interim. Both chambers have heard proposals that could lead to legislation in the next legislative session. Proposals include preventing individuals with a history of mental illness from entering or re-entering jail, expanding jail inspections to include city jails, increasing mental health training for jailers, and increasing access to mental health treatment for inmates in county jails.

For more on these issues, related legislation, and Texas jail standards, see the recent House Research Organization article, Mental Health Issues in Jails Considered.


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