Hennepin County Man Inadvertently Released from State Mental Health Hospital

June 11, 2018 10:23 PM

A Hennepin County man, in 2013, was inadvertently released from the Minnesota Regional Treatment Center in St. Peter and then committed several serious crimes after his release.

28-year-old Raymond Traylor Jr. was released from the St. Peter Regional Treatment Center after he petitioned for his release and a judge granted his request. This comes after the state failed to file paperwork to block his release in a timely manner, according to court documents.


A check of Traylor's criminal history shows he was convicted of three assaults after his 2013 release and two of those convictions were felony assaults.

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Traylor was readmitted to St. Peter after those convictions in 2015.  He then was given a provisional release to a Bloomington halfway house in 2017 and was arrested again on a misdemeanor charge.

But, because Traylor has a severe mental illness, he cannot be charged with a misdemeanor and he has been in the Hennepin County Jail for the past two months even though he is not charged with a crime.

Hennepin County Sheriff Rich Stanek told 5 EYEWITNESS NEWS he does not want to release Traylor because he is a threat to himself and the public and said the Minnesota Department of Human Services has ignored a court order telling the state to readmit Traylor to St. Peter.

"Clearly, they let him out in 2013 and then he committed serious crimes," Stanek said. "And now he's back in my jail and the only crime he has committed is having a mental illness which cannot be treated in jail because he needs to be in a state-run mental health facility."

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DHS said it cannot comment on Traylor's case specifically, because it would violate federal health privacy laws, and the state-run mental health facilities do not have enough beds and that is why he is on a waiting list like nearly 150 people with severe mental illnesses across the state.

Stanek said the state does have a big problem with a lack of beds for mentally ill people and he said they also have a problem with staffing which cannot be solved by keeping mentally ill people in jail.

"The state does not have enough beds or resources," Stanek said. "But, I also think they do not have the willpower to push for more facilities and more staffing to solve the problem."


Jay Kolls

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