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Violence at state hospitals spurs calls for change

Jan 1, 2011 3:00:00 AM - latimes.com
Among proposals are high-security units for the most predatory patients and expedited hearings to involuntarily medicate the violent. With most patients having committed crimes, 'you have to be somewhere between a hospital and a prison,' a union official says.

For years, the number of patients in the state's mental hospitals who have committed crimes has been rising. Today, they represent more than 90% of the population.

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