Criminal suspects suffering from mental illness could stay in jail until they are competent to stand trial under a proposal in the Texas Legislature.
In a unanimous vote on Wednesday, the Texas House Committee on Corrections approved a jail-based pilot program for restoring a person's ability to strand trial. The proposal has already cleared the Senate.
Lubbock Republican Sen. Robert Duncan's program is based on a similar experiment in California. He said the program "allows these defendants to quickly receive treatment in a county jail from a team of highly qualified mental health professionals without waiting several weeks to be transported" to a hospital.
But advocates for the mentally ill oppose the proposals. They say jails lack the training, resources and will to provide proper care.
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