About people living with mental illness, Administrative Director Martin Hoshino states, "It is the fastest growing segment of California's prison population." The Judicial Council was awarded in 2015 for its work addressing the needs of mentally-ill offenders, including support of the state's 46 mental health courts. April 21, 2015 (2:07)
(Subscription required) After more than 20 years on the bench, Los Angeles County Superior Court Judge Peter Espinoza will leave his position Friday to become director of the recently established Los Angeles County Office of Diversion and Reentry.
Mental competency cases heard in mental health court to determine whether defendants are fit to stand trial more than tripled from 2010 to 2015, growing from 944 to 3,528. From 2014 to 2015, the caseload jumped by nearly 50%.
SAN FRANCISCO— A task force appointed three years ago by Chief Justice Tani G. Cantil-Sakauye to improve case processing and outcomes for court users with mental illness was sunsetted by the Judicial Council with an assurance that the council will carry...