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Attorneys press LA jails for better access to mental health services

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Civil rights lawyers on Monday argued in court that not enough is being done to help mentally ill inmates when released from L.A. County jails.

The attorneys represent a group of former inmates who say recent reforms mandated by the U.S. Department of Justice come up short. They say people who suffer from mental disorders and are homeless are released without proper access to services, creating what has been called a "Skid Row to jail cycle."

Alisa Hartz is one of the lead attorneys in the case, and she joins the show with more.