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Criminal defense in Austin Texas.

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Posted By on November 13, 2008

It can be frustrating being a criminal defense attorney.

Today I spent the morning trying to put someone on probation.  The state had already agreed to it.  He has no criminal history.  But the judge said “no.”

Why?  He’s schizophrenic, and his family doesn’t want him.  Probation can’t help him, because he’s not a sex offender or an addict, and MHMR doesn’t have the funding.  So he’s got nowhere to go.

You’d think that prison would be a poor way to solve the problem of homelessness and mental illness.  (Especially since it’d cost less to put him in a cheap hotel, than to add to the already overburdened prison system.)  But unless I can find something else for him, that’s what they’d like to do.

Of course prisons are full of the mentally ill.  Most of whom are unlikely to be much improved when they get out.


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