People suffering from mental illnesses who face criminal charges have sat in jails for weeks and months waiting for court-ordered competency service. After finding that these persistent excessive delays violate due process rights, the U.S. District Court in Seattle on April 2, 2015 ordered the state of Washington to cease violating constitutional rights and provide timely competency services to pre-trial detainees in jails. Representing the plaintiffs iare the ACLU of Washington, Disability Rights Washington, the Public Defender Association, and Carney Gillespie Isitt PLLP. Disability Rights Washington has produced a video about the case (A.B. vs. DSHS) and the problems it addresses.
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Court Case:A.B. v. DSHS