Across the country, and especially in rural areas, people in the middle of a mental health crisis are locked in a cell when a hospital bed or transportation to a hospital isn’t immediately available.
Tyler police chief addresses need for mental health resources during Tyler Together Race Relations Forum
Tyler Together makes a commitment to find community members to address topics of concern for residents in the area. With mental health being a big topic in national conversations, the group decided it was time to have the conversation at their monthly forum.
If you are among those concerned about our city’s struggles with the homeless or think increasing jail populations and costs are issues that must be addressed, we direct your attention to a recent study on Northeast Texas mental health.
The policies now in place – among police, hospitals and other medical facilities – portray a contempt for the loved ones of people with mental illness, as revealed in reporting by The Pilot’s Jonathan Edwards on Sunday.
In the UK, there has been a particular focus on suicides of people serving time in prison. Figures from the Ministry of Justice showed 119 people died by suicide in prison in England and Wales in 2016 – a record number. Yet offenders serving probation sentences often fall under the radar.
The experiment’s results have now convinced some prison officials to offer inmates access to nature videos. However, critics of the study argue that it could be used to justify the continued use of solitary confinement—a practice that some consider too harsh.
“He really should be in the state hospital. The bad part is, he’s not receiving treatment. He’s been sitting there since April when the court determined he is incompetent,” said Patrick O’Fiel, who represents Hudson.
For 46 hours, Andrew Holland’s legs and arms were shackled to a chair in the San Luis Obispo County jail. The inmate, who suffered from schizophrenia, was left in his own filth.
“If implemented properly, this will go a long way towards improving the care and the treatment of people with mental illness in Texas jails, and towards improving jail safety for all inmates,” said Michele Deitch, senior lecturer at the University of Texas School of Law and UT Lyndon B. Johnson School of Public Affairs.
Holt is doing time at the Federal Medical Center Carswell, where she and three other inmates are part of a special program in which they help raise puppies for Canine Companions for Independence. The prison is at Naval Air Station Fort Worth and houses female inmates who have special medical and mental health needs.
In June, he drove to his ex-wife’s house on Father’s Day to pick up his daughters for a weekend visit and was met by two Denton police officers and a freshly filed temporary restraining order. “The accusation?” he wrote on Facebook. “I was forcing [my daughter] to be a boy. And that it constitutes abuse.”
“Cook County is making a major effort to help mentally ill inmates once they’re in custody but many social workers point out that jail is a terrible place, especially for the mentally ill.”
KAGS has learned that, according to the Texas Health and Human Services Commission, there are approximately 345 people waiting to enter state maximum security mental health facilities, most waiting in county jails. Also, the average wait to enter a maximum security state hospital is 142 days.
Nearly 50 percent of people in the criminal justice system have a mental illness. Another reality is that offenders with a mental illness or substance use disorder have an 80 percent recidivism rate. We cannot punish mental illness out of someone, and there is nothing about prison or jail that fixes addiction or cognitive dysfunction.
A new study has found that criminal defendants who graduated from mental health court demonstrated substantially reduced re-arrest rates a full three years following their release, the longest period of post-program behavior examined in a published study involving mental health courts and the clearest indicator yet of the potential for diversionary programs to ease the Read more
“The more people we can help not come back to jail, then that helps our community because now they’re productive citizens in our community, so they’re out there with jobs, they’re supporting their families, hopefully they’re not on welfare anymore and receiving state funded money, and then that’s gonna help our state, I mean…it just Read more
All 11 are members of the facility’s mental health peer support network, who serve at the front line of the prison system’s mental illness problem. “These individuals self-disclose as having a mental illness and are in recovery,” said Lynn Patrone, a mental health advocate for the state Department of Corrections. “So they have opened themselves Read more
I’ve known men to be confined in solitary less than one year and commit suicide. It’s not only the harassment, the terrible living conditions, cold food or the toxic water (see Comrade Malik’s “Texas Prisoners at Eastham Unit Challenge Contaminated Water and Deadly Heat in US Federal Courts”); it’s the other torture tactics implemented here.
It is time to end the imprisonment of mothers and children who seek asylum protection in the U.S. after fleeing violence in Central America and other troubled countries.
The Bureau of Prisons claims to have a policy prohibiting solitary confinement, as it should. But then what do you call locking up inmates by themselves in single cells for more than 22 hours a day for long periods of time with no or limited engagement with others? We would call it solitary confinement. It Read more
Largely focused on mental health, the law will divert people with mental health issues and substance mental illnesses to secure bond, and require that independent law enforcement agencies investigate jail deaths. Bland’s family has been critical of the law’s limited vision.
Helen has just spent 18 months in two women’s prisons. She suffers from anxiety, depression and Asperger’s Syndrome. Helen’s account of her time in prison reveals a shocking lack of special care when it comes to these issues.
A new report from the Justice Department’s internal watchdog shows how understaffed mental health services for particularly vulnerable inmates, coupled with discredited solitary confinement conditions, can ricochet on the law-abiding.
Thomas was one of 119 inmates to have committed suicide inside prisons across England and Wales in the year 2016. The figure is the highest since records began in 1978 and is equivalent to one suicide every three days, according to Britain’s Ministry of Justice.
Inmates with mental illnesses in federal prison spend on average more time in solitary confinement, or restrictive housing, than inmates without documented mental illnesses, according to a report released on Wednesday by the Justice Department’s inspector general (OIG).
The solution in my opinion is not to solely track people being released with “a history of violence and mental illness”, but to ensure that appropriate services to mentally ill people are available pre, during and post prison.
County commissioners unanimously approved more money for mental health medication for inmates. The county has contracts in place with the Emergence Health Network and the University of Texas Medical Branch to provide medical and pharmacy services at both county jails.
Teaching cops, firefighters and prison workers to recognize and know how to handle people with mental illness is a big part of the efforts to reduce suffering and death at the hands of law enforcement. Less talked about is the mental health of the cops, firefighters and prison workers themselves.