No release in 2014 for man who admits to 7 assaults

By From page A6 | August 06, 2014

FAIRFIELD — A man who admitted to seven assaults won’t be sent from a state hospital to a conditional release program for community-based mental health treatment, a Solano County Superior Court judge decided Monday.

Ervin Richard Cummings, 45, who testified that he’s been diagnosed as schizoidaffective disorder and bipolar disorder, said medication he takes seems to be working and that he’s ready for the release program.

But Judge Wendy Getty said she didn’t feel Cummings had met the burden to prove he was ready for the release program. The conditional release program should evaluate Cummings, the judge said, and that review can be part of a 2015 hearing on his release.

“I do see that you’ve come very far,” Getty told Cummings.

The judge said Cummings takes responsibility for events and is very articulate.

Cummings said in court that he’s been involved in no physical altercations or property damage incidents in the past year at Napa State Hospital. He acknowledged pinning a patient to a corner of a wall last year and pushing a friend.

Attorney Tiffany Evans said in court that Cummings has a relapse prevention plan and would not pose a danger if sent to the conditional release program.

“Mr. Cummings is now doing what he needs to do,” Evans said.

But prosecutor Robert Jones said that Cummings has been a danger to others for a very long time.

“Nothing’s changed over this long time,” Jones said in court.

The court should deny his petition for the release program, Jones said.

The Conditional Release Program is the Department of State Hospital’s statewide system of community-based mental health treatment.

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  • 2realAugust 05, 2014 - 5:49 am

    Cummings, you dont understand... you have to murder someone to get out early.

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  • ThemisAugust 05, 2014 - 6:19 am

    Sound decision by judge Getty. Let him continue his "good behavior" in an environment that helps him and protects residents of Solano County.

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  • GigiAugust 05, 2014 - 12:24 pm

    People with any schizoid or bipolar disorders are among the most manipulative people on the planet!. I speak from experience, a family member is full blown paranoid schizo and she is extremely intelligent but very manipulative!. It's a terrible mental disorder that disrupts many families!. Good call by the judge!. Regardless of Cummings treatment he is still a huge threat to society and a danger to himself!. With my family member We are unable to get her any help until she attempts to harm herself or someone else!. We can all thank Reagan for that one!.

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  • truth'nAugust 05, 2014 - 8:30 pm

    Please stop wanting the tax payer to take care of your family member and back your words of care up with action as well as your own dollars. If you don't be called out for lying about concern. This is your family. Help is available, but at a cost. Sadly you imply the "govt" aka Tax Payer should foot the bill you refuse to pay.

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  • nonchalantAugust 06, 2014 - 7:08 am

    I love all people but if someone is crazy then.they don't belong in society hes not the only one needs to be locked up

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  • Hmm....August 06, 2014 - 9:36 pm

    Thank you Judge Getty!! Seems like a reasonable decision in a system that continuously surprises me by it's seemingly irrational decisions.

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  • mug fulalJanuary 07, 2015 - 10:01 am

    I would not release any one to MHM Conditional Release program Services. Thus far they have proven themselves incompetent.

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