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For years, mental patients at the Rawson-Neal Psychiatric Hospital in Las Vegas were being placed on buses and sent out of state.

Oftentimes, they would be in an unfamiliar city with no money, and no family nearby. The practice was only revealed last April by the Sacramento Bee. By that time, 1,500 patients were sent across state lines.

What happened to them is being discovered right now, and it includes one patient who's now on trial for attempted murder, another found dead in the river, and a convicted child molester who ended up missing.

To tell us more about what happened to these patients after they left Rawson-Neal is Philip Reese, reporter for the Sacramento Bee.


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