By Garth Stapley
September 20, 2016

As of Sept. 5, 528 inmates deemed not competent to stand trial were waiting for help in county jails because the Department of State Hospitals has no room.

“It’s an issue we take very seriously,” said Ralph Montaño, spokesman for the department. But its hands are tied if there just isn’t room, the department’s attorneys said in court documents meant to convince Stanislaus judges to hold off on transporting King and others.