MPR: Sheriff: More psychiatric bed space needed so mentally ill don’t sit in jail

Hennepin County Sheriff Rich Stanek says state officials need to make more psychiatric bed space available so that people with severe mental illness don’t have to be held in county jails.

State law requires that if a judge deems an inmate to be mentally ill then that inmate must be moved from jail to a psychiatric bed within 48 hours. But Stanek said many people who should be getting treatment for serious mental health problems are instead sitting in jail.

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