The CON job you need to know about
Jared was violent and dangerous.
But he was not a criminal.
He was sick.
Not the kind of sick that can be treated in a hospital emergency room. His was a mental illness. And because of that, there was no place to take him for the crisis care he needed.
Jared (not his real name) was big and strong; in his early 20s, autistic, and intellectually challenged with an IQ of 54. He lived with his mother, who struggled to deal with a full-grown man who had the mind of a troubled child.
Then one day, for no apparent reason, Jared assaulted her.
Police were called. Jared was arrested.
That’s when his nightmare began.
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