| Oct 17, 2013
Re "The mentally ill in our jails," Editorial, Oct. 15
Los Angeles County can easily reduce its jail population by implementing Laura's Law and discharging eligible mentally ill inmates to assisted outpatient treatment. Laura's Law provides mandatory...
| Sep 10, 2013
| 3:20 PM
SAN FRANCISCO -- The San Francisco city attorney on Tuesday filed a class action lawsuit against the state of Nevada on behalf of all California local governments where patients have allegedly been bused from a Las Vegas psychiatric hospital in recent...
| Sep 9, 2013
| 3:19 PM
In 1979, a man with a long history of mental illness robbed an Oakland department store and was sentenced to seven-years-to-life in prison. At the time, the average time behind bars on such a conviction was seven years.
Thirty-two years later, at age...
| Aug 16, 2013
| 4:58 PM
Her husband had been emotionally unraveling for months; paranoid, delusional, his mind hijacked by stubborn mental illness and dangerous drugs.
So when Erik Lamberg left his family in Hermosa Beach and set out for Oregon — to get sober, he said...
| Aug 15, 2013
Re "Saving Andy, and taxpayers," Column, Aug. 11
Steve Lopez's endorsement of the mental rehabilitation program Step Up on Second reinforces the need to change the conversation about how to deal with prison overcrowding — from a focus on...
| Aug 10, 2013
| 12:00 PM
There is little in Andy's appearance or manner that offers a clue as to what he's been through. The arrests, the jailhouse beatings, the commitments. He's soft-spoken and unassuming, so much so that the story of his life doesn't seem to go with the man...
| Aug 8, 2013
| 12:40 PM
BERKELEY, Calif. -- Advocacy groups on Thursday filed a class-action federal lawsuit against Contra Costa County's juvenile hall, alleging that some youths with disabilities are being denied educational services and held in solitary confinement for 23...
| Aug 7, 2013
At nine prisons across California, more than 500 inmates continuing a hunger strike they began July 8 to protest what they call cruel and inhumane conditions, and this action — the third hunger strike in two years — must surely lead many...
| Jul 29, 2013
| 12:15 PM
Rick Warren, bestselling author and pastor of an evangelical mega church in Orange County, preached for the first time on Sunday after his son's suicide.
Matthew Warren, 27, shot himself in the head in April following a long struggle with mental...
| Jul 20, 2013
| 4:25 PM
L.A. County Sheriff Lee Baca has no medical background, but he is the de facto administrator of what he calls "the nation's largest mental hospital."
"This is the system," he said, drawing a box on a piece of paper in his Monterey Park office last week....
| Jul 17, 2013
| 5:00 AM
If you routinely hear voices, hallucinate, sink into suicidal depression or suffer inescapable torment, Los Angeles has a place for you.
The county jail.
On Monday, the jail held 3,200 inmates diagnosed with a mental illness and accused of a crime....