- Associated Press - Sunday, February 28, 2016

JACKSON, Wyo. (AP) - Wyoming defendants with mental illnesses frequently find themselves waiting in jail for the Wyoming State Hospital to make room for them.

The Jackson Hole News and Guide reports (https://bit.ly/1WRH55W) a judge ruled Friday that Dennis Gross will wait another two weeks and Victor Ford will spend another week in jail waiting for the hospital to be able to evaluate whether they are able to participate in their cases.

Hospital and state health officials and an attorney from the Wyoming Attorney General’s office argued they’d done all they could to reduce the delays.

The hospital has 13 people on a waiting list for beds and is down one examiner.

Teton County Sheriff Jim Whalen says there has to be a better place for these defendants than the jail.

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Information from: Jackson Hole (Wyo.) News And Guide, https://www.jhnewsandguide.com


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