Mental health system in crisis?

Sheriff and probate judge say lack of funding, facilities and accountability putting everyone at risk of tragedy

On Dec. 13, 2019, a sister of Rufus Evans III filed a petition in Escambia County (Ala.) Probate Court claiming Evans was mentally ill. The same day, Southwest Alabama Behavioral Health Care Systems in Brewton evaluated Evans and determined he “does not meet criteria for placement at this time”.

Today, Evans, 54, is being held in the Escambia County Detention Center in Brewton on $300,000 bond charged with murder and 22-year old Tyler Dawayne Lisenby is dead.

Lisenby was found shot to death on the front porch of Evans' 3660 William Cook Road residence in the Damascus community.

Evans' sister,...