Oakland officials plan to enforce a no-camping zone around Lake Merritt beginning Thursday as they try to move homeless individuals into shelters and clear the area of trash.
Fresno neighbors and businesses say a homeless camp at high-speed rail site filled with debris, defecation and needles left by homeless campers are creating an eyesore and public health risk.
These days, the main path to treatment at a state psychiatric hospital is through jail. Although controversial, many families conclude they are the best option for their loved ones.
California prison inmates who went through certain behavioral therapy programs committed crimes at nearly the same rate after their release as those who did not participate, according to state investigators.
Most people who cycle through our criminal justice system have serious health care needs. Three out of every five state prisoners and sentenced jail inmates have a substance abuse problem.
Californians should be outraged by a recent state auditor’s report showing that counties have failed to spend $2.5 billion in taxpayer money that is intended to help the mentally ill.