In and out of the biggest mental health facility in Los Angeles

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Across the United States local jails are often filled by people with serious mental health issues. Here in Los Angeles, the Sheriff’s Department says one in four jail inmates are being treated for their mental health. When mentally ill inmates are released they often end up living on the streets where they’re frequently rearrested in a matter of days. On this episode, we meet LePriest Valentine, who kept winding up in the only sanctuary he could find after getting out of jail: Skid Row.

Photo: LePriest Valentine (George Lavender)



George Lavender