In 2009, The Fresno Bee first reported on allegations of inadequate care of mentally ill inmates at the Fresno County jail.
The issue was thrust back into the spotlight in December 2012 when a man allegedly strangled his grandmother the day after his release from the jail. His family says he was diagnosed with schizophrenia as a teenager and doctors had prescribed psychiatric medication to control hallucinations and other symptoms, but he did not get the medications while in the jail.
The Fresno County policy has cost taxpayers money, caused innocent victims to be caught up in violence and left mentally ill inmates in worse shape than when they were taken into custody.
On Sunday, The Bee will present the most extensive look ever taken locally at the problems caused by medications being withheld from jail inmates.
The Watchdog Report will be published in print and in an enhanced version online, featuring video and extended text.
The investigative report is the result of eight months of reporting by The Bees Marc Benjamin and Barbara Anderson.