Expanding Jail-Based Competency Restoration Takes Us Farther Off Course

In 2016, an estimated 90,000 US jail inmates nationwide were “pretrial defendants with serious mental illness who had been found incompetent to stand trial (IST).” In fact, in almost every state, jails hold more people with mental health conditions than state hospitals do. By remaining slow to understand mental health, by chronically underfunding community mental health facilities, and by discriminating …