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Mentally Ill Inmates

Filmmaker Says 'Houdini' Escapee's Sentence Is A Case For Prison Reform

HuffPost Live | Rahel Gebreyes | Posted 03.25.2015 | Crime

Florida's "prison Houdini" Mark DeFriest will finally see freedom decades after his non-violent offense spiraled into a lifetime sentence. DeFries...

Reforms Would Change How NYC Jails Deal With Mentally Ill, Drug-Addicted Inmates

AP | JAKE PEARSON | Posted 01.31.2015 | Crime

NEW YORK (AP) — Corrections, mental health and law enforcement experts called Mayor Bill de Blasio's $130 million plan to steer mentally ill and dru...

Mentally Ill And Locked Up Alone For Months

AP | ADAM GELLER | Posted 09.21.2014 | Crime

Day or night, the lights inside cell 135C of central New Mexico's Valencia County Detention Center were always on. Locked inside, alone, for months...

Here's More Evidence That New York's Largest Jail Is An Utterly Horrific Place

The Huffington Post | Christopher Mathias | Posted 08.05.2014 | Politics

A scathing report released Monday details the "culture of violence" imposed upon teenage inmates at New York City's Rikers Island, the second largest ...

Stigmatizing and Shunning the Severely Ill

Allen Frances | Posted 09.29.2014 | Politics
Allen Frances

Our fairly recent reliance on prisons and homelessness as solutions to mental illness was the common fashion 200 years ago but now seems anachronistic and indecent in a society that has the tools and can afford to do much better.

Jails Struggle With Rising Number Of Mentally Ill Inmates

AP | ADAM GELLER | Posted 07.14.2014 | Crime

CHICAGO (AP) — The numbers, posted daily on the Cook County sheriff's website, would be alarming at an urgent care clinic, let alone a jail: On a We...

Rikers Island Officers Routinely Beat Mentally Ill Inmates: Report

The Huffington Post | Inae Oh | Posted 07.14.2014 | Crime

A secret internal study at Rikers Island, one of the country's most violent jails, uncovered the disturbing levels of officer brutality against inmate...

U.S. Jails Struggle With Role As Makeshift Asylums

AP | Adam Geller | Posted 07.14.2014 | Crime

CHICAGO (AP) -- Peering through the chain link of a holding pen at the Cook County Jail, a man wrapped in a navy varsity jacket leans toward clinical ...

Lawmakers Are Trying To Restrict Solitary Confinement

AP | By IVAN MORENO | Posted 06.22.2014 | Politics

DENVER (AP) — A year after a Colorado inmate held in solitary confinement allegedly gunned down the state prisons chief upon being released, lawmake...

Judge Declares Treatment Of Mentally Ill Inmates Unconstitutional

AP | DON THOMPSON | Posted 04.10.2014 | Crime

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — A federal judge ruled Thursday that California's treatment of mentally ill inmates violates constitutional safeguards agai...

City Sheriff Wants Obamacare For Inmates

The Huffington Post | Lydia O'Connor | Posted 01.31.2014 | Politics

As the Affordable Care Act rolls out across the country, the sheriff of San Francisco wants to get an unexpected group on board: former inmates. B...

Kim Bellware

Sheriff: 'Jails Are The New Insane Asylums' | Kim Bellware | Posted 09.30.2013 | Chicago

Jails like Cook County's are the nation's new insane asylums Cook County Sheriff Tom Dart told newsmagazine "60 Minutes" during Sunday's feature on th...

ACLU Report Finds Growing Number Of Mentally Ill In Solitary Confinement

Posted 07.25.2013 | Denver

Since the death of the Colorado Prisons Chief Tom Clements, the ACLU of Colorado has found that even though the department of corrections has decrease...

Locking Mental-Health Patients Away in Prisons: Is There a Way Forward?

Nora Demleitner | Posted 04.22.2013 | College
Nora Demleitner

Gov. Jerry Brown's demands that a federal court relax the judicially mandated prison-population cap not only highlight California's outlier status in prison policy, but also underscore the need for President Barack Obama's initiative to increase mental-health services.

Alana Horowitz Satlin

Mental Illness Soars In Prisons, Jails While Inmates Suffer | Alana Horowitz Satlin | Posted 02.04.2013 | Politics

Armando Cruz tied a noose around his neck and hanged himself from the ceiling of his prison cell. He left a note that ended in two chilling words. ...

Supreme Court: Protect Intellectually Disabled GA Man From Execution

Margaret Nygren | Posted 09.22.2012 | Crime
Margaret Nygren

Tonight, the state of Georgia is set to execute Warren Hill, a 52-year-old African-American man with an undisputed IQ of 70. He has received widespread support for clemency. Now, only the United States Supreme Court can protect Mr. Hill from execution.

Mentally Ill Inmates Sue To Get Out Of Solitary

AP | REMA RAHMAN | Posted 05.17.2012 | Denver

DENVER -- Troy Anderson is a mentally ill inmate in isolation at the Colorado State Penitentiary, deemed for more than a decade too dangerous to be am...

The Law Doesn't Understand My Son's Brain Disorder

Maureen Murdock | Posted 10.12.2011 | Healthy Living
Maureen Murdock

We were all stunned when Superior Court Judge Ulmer looked at my son and said: "You come from a good background, you had a good education, you've suffered no hardship. Four years."