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Mental health court seeks to break the criminal cycle

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YAKIMA — One recent morning in Yakima County Superior Court, a man in his 30s told the court commissioner how he quit taking his medication, which caused him to fall in with the wrong crowd and commit a felony: He threatened to kill someone.

Even though he failed to comply with a court order requiring him to stay in mental health treatment, the man said he still wants to put his life back together.

“I’d like to go to school,”…

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