The inmates in Bellevue are awaiting trial for a variety of offenses, ranging from sleeping on the subway to murder. But for Dr. Elizabeth Ford, a psychiatrist who treats them, the charges against her patients are secondary.
The Utah Legislature recently set aside $3 million in an effort to resolve a federal lawsuit brought by the Disability Law Center alleging that mentally ill defendants are not provided a speedy trial and suffer in jail.
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Crowley’s bill would create a pilot program to assess the mental health of prisoners before they’re released, and then provide treatment to those deemed to need it.
Most Americans oppose the death penalty for the mentally ill, a category that ranges from mild to severe. But our research suggests that the death penalty actually targets those who have mental illnesses.
New official figures show that barely one in four of the prisoners who received care last year were transferred within the supposed maximum two weeks.
The College of Family Physicians of Canada says in a statement that the practice should be abolished for inmates with medical conditions or mental illness, and should be prohibited as a form of discipline.
Alabama Senator Cam Ward, an Alabaster Republican, said Tuesday that counties currently pay for detainees’ psychiatric health care. He has introduced a bill that would shift 70 percent of those costs to the federal government under Medicaid.
With the closing of wards in Washington state mental hospitals, incarceration has greatly replaced the deficit in hospitalization space. Jails across the country have seen a rise in their mental health population, including in our county jails.
Drugs can become “chemical comforts” to deal with loneliness, trauma, isolation or alienation. It’s not just about hedonism.
Lawmakers proposed this week to overhaul Minnesota’s use of solitary confinement in prisons, including prohibiting the controversial punishment for nonviolent inmates, mandating more legislative oversight and banning it outright for those with severe mental illnesses.
Lawyers representing Alabama prison officials today questioned the findings of the chief psychiatrist of the Ohio prison system, who concluded that mental health care in Alabama prisons is inadequate.
Potter County was awarded a 2016 County Best Practices Award on Monday in recognition for a Mental Health Docket the county started to address mental illness in inmates, helping to keep them out of jail.
Lubbock County Sheriff Kelly Rowe has said repeatedly that mental health is the biggest issue facing jails, especially in rural counties.
More than a quarter of Ontario’s prison population has been flagged for a possible mental health issue, according to new numbers provided to VICE News in the days after an inmate diagnosed with schizophrenia hanged himself.
The Southern Poverty Law Center has filed a federal lawsuit on behalf of several inmates who said they lacked access to doctors and psychologists and witnessed alleged correctional officer violence.
People with a history of incarceration are typically much sicker than the general population. Studies done primarily in Ohio and Texas have found that more than 8 in 10 returning prisoners have a chronic medical condition, from addiction to asthma.
A new book teaches the alarming lesson that all attempts at reforming solitary confinement have merely enabled the practice to continue.