There is a difference of opinion surfacing in the Fresno County Jail in regard to inmates who may, or may not, be mentally ill, and may or may not need drugs, which haven't been receiving from authorities.
According to inmate family members, who as we all know are 100% objective, fair, reasonable, and truthful about such matters, about one in six jail inmates need psych-meds, and often go for weeks without getting them. These families also assert that inmates get lower doses than required or get generic-brand drugs, which do not work as well.
Officials acknowledge that the jail has reduced the quantity of psych-meds administered to jail inmates in the past six years. The county cites the reduction as a preventive countermeasure because of abuse by drug-seeking inmates who feign mental illness in order to abuse drugs. Critics of the program changes say the county is only attempting to save money and balance the budget on the backs of mentally ill inmates.
Since 2007, Fresno County has sent almost 400 prisoners to state mental hospitals, a very high number considering the county jail population. The jail inmates in question get their skittles from the doctors at the state mental hospital, stabilize, come back to county jail, and do NOT get their medications while in lock-up. They flip-out once more and start the hospital-treatment cycle all over again.
Clicking here will link to a SFGATE piece on this story. Thanks to Caroline for the link.