By Joe Palazzolo
April 19, 2015
Marilyn Roberts’s son was arrested last year on assault charges after he allegedly flicked a cigarette at a police officer in Olympia, Wash., hitting the rim of his hat. He spent 97 days in a county jail, most of them alone in a cell 23 hours a day.
He quickly deteriorated. He refused his medication for bipolar disorder, his mother said, because he believed jail staff were trying to poison him. He lost 30 pounds as he rejected most food. A note in his file, written by a jail employee in September, described his behavior as “bizarre.”