By Jazmine Ulloa
February 2, 2018
Gov. Jerry Brown has earmarked $117 million in his new state budget to
expand the number of treatment beds and mental health programs for more than
800 mentally ill inmates found incompetent to stand trial.
State officials said they have struggled to keep up with the needs of a
population that has jumped in size by 33% over the last three years, as
judges are increasingly referring defendants to treatment. But one state
lawmaker says additional funds are not enough.