My son deserves a jail evaluation | LETTER TO THE EDITOR

"It has been more than three weeks and my son is still waiting in jail for his evaluation."

To the editor:

Are evaluations ever going to be done in a timely manner so that inmates will not have to wait days and months? This is a serious problem in the court system. It has been more than three weeks and my son is still waiting in jail for his evaluation.

Gov. Jay Inslee signed a bill on May 16, 2013, for competency evaluations for inmates to be able to stand trial within seven days.

On Jan. 30, 2014, Lynn Moberly from Mercer Island Municipal Court informed me that my son’s evaluation will be done on Jan. 31 or Feb. 3. Moberly told me to have “faith;” however, the evaluation never took place.

My son is disabled with autism, Asperger’s syndrome, schizophrenia and neurological problems. Jail is not the right place for him. His public defender never has seen a case like this. My son hasn’t been convicted of a crime.

I would like to thank all the agencies and people helping me in efforts to obtain an evaluation. My hope is that my son and other inmates will receive their evaluations.

Cheryl Jayne,
Newcastle

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