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Monday, June 26, 2006

Texas Starts a Mental Health Court With Hopes of Smarter Justice

From Chron.com: Harris County, Texas has started a mental health court, an intensive supervision program that was started in March to help people with mental health problems complete their probation and continue treatment.

People assigned to the court have violated the rules of their probation because of mental illness, state District Judge Marc Carter said. Sending them to jail does little to protect the community, he said, if they are released without correcting their problems.

Officials hope the new program eventually will help ease crowding in the county jail and state prisons, where probation violators often end up."It's win-win for everybody," said Kathleen Williams, manager of special programs for the county's Community Supervision and Corrections Department.

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reserves the right not to accept cases
into its jurisdiction if a person does
not meet eligibility criteria.
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