Across Minnesota, judges, attorneys and sheriffs describe a system that, in effect, criminalizes the mentally ill because of backlogs in the state commitment process and a shortage of psychiatric beds.
Across Minnesota, help for the acutely mentally ill often means the ER — or jail.
Debbie Kickhafer visited her 28-year-old son, Josh Holscher, at Mount Pleasant Cemetery in Onamia, Minn. Holscher committed suicide in jail custody in December 2010 after his mother warned Mille Lacs County officials of Hoscher's depression and previous suicide attempt. ] MCKENNA EWEN / Star Tribune * email@example.com
Joshua Holscher, 28, committed suicide in Mille Lacs County Jail in 2010. In this photo, he is joined by two of his children, Chloe and Isaac. ] MCKENNA EWEN / Star Tribune * firstname.lastname@example.org