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Navigating Louisiana’s criminal courts with a mental illness is daunting. These people are trying to help.
Posted on Nov 01 2018

“Everything going OK?” It’s a simple question, one 22nd Judicial District Judge Peter Garcia asks each of the dozen or so people who appear before him at his behavioral health court every week. Advocates say this alternative court, which recognizes how a person with mental illness may struggle to comply with court probation, is what many in Louisiana need but only a few receive.