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Forum Post: Group suing prisons over treatment of mentally ill

Posted 1 year ago on March 28, 2013, 8:26 a.m. EST by GirlFriday (21784)
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Despite knowing the psychological pain the RHU imposes, DOC fails to provide prisoners with mental illness in solitary adequate mental health services. Prisoners receive, at best, very brief cell-front contacts from mental health staff. However, many prisoners need far more extensive treatment, which is not provided.

The American Psychiatric Association as well as the National Commission on Correctional Health Care (the accreditation entity for jails and prisons) advocate against housing prisoners with serious mental illness in segregated units like the RHU without an evaluation by mental health professionals to determine whether such placement would be harmful. They further urge that such confinement should last only a few weeks at most and that adequate mental health services be provided to prisoners whatever the setting. While other states’ corrections officials have adopted these standards, Pennsylvania’s have not.

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[-] 6 points by ZenDog (20547) from South Burlington, VT 1 year ago

The mentally ill should not be housed in jail, period.

[-] 2 points by GirlFriday (21784) 1 year ago

Agreed. They do not belong there. Jails and prisons should not be the dumping grounds at all. Reopen the hospitals and long term care facilities. It does not have be as it was but it sure as hell cannot continue.

[-] 0 points by greysone (-264) 1 year ago

What about the criminally insane?

[-] 3 points by ZenDog (20547) from South Burlington, VT 1 year ago

highly functional individuals, those with the capacity to reason, to understand right and wrong, to form relationships, who have no conscience, no morals, and are guided by nothing more than the sheer joy they receive from the creation of chaos and human suffering, belong neither in jail nor in mental institutions.

They are fit for neither reform nor example.

  • Some people just need killin
[-] -2 points by greysone (-264) 1 year ago

So, you're for the death penalty?

[-] 2 points by ZenDog (20547) from South Burlington, VT 1 year ago

Fuck no

I hate red tape.

[-] -2 points by greysone (-264) 1 year ago

are you for trials ?

[-] 2 points by ZenDog (20547) from South Burlington, VT 1 year ago

Hmm? What?

Did I miss something? I thought in the wake of the economic collapse we decided that the legal system was nothing but state sponsored theater designed to placate the public . . . wha'd I miss . . . .

[+] -4 points by greysone (-264) 1 year ago

you missed innocent until proven guilty.

[-] 2 points by ZenDog (20547) from South Burlington, VT 1 year ago

really? did I?

and just what crime did I commit, mutherfuker

[+] -4 points by greysone (-264) 1 year ago

you need to be put down,................like any rabid dog.

[-] 2 points by ZenDog (20547) from South Burlington, VT 1 year ago

do it

it might even be a kindness

just don't miss

[-] 1 points by Builder (4202) 1 year ago

The congressional hearings proved guilt already.

Have you not been following the case/s closely?