ACLU of Pa., others sue Pa. Dept. of Corrections over housing of mentally ill inmates

From the article: “The state’s chapter of the American Civil Liberties Union has joined the Disability Network of Pennsylvania in a lawsuit challenging what the attorneys call the unconstitutional treatment of prisoners with serious mental illnesses who are held in solitary confinement.”

Like I said in the post immediately below this one, mentally ill inmates who are disruptive are treated as high security risks and locked down.  And what happens when we lock them down?

“Prolonged isolation under these extremely harsh conditions exacerbates the symptoms of the prisoners’ mental illness, which can include refusing to leave their cells, declining medical treatment, sleeplessness, hallucinations, paranoia, covering themselves with feces, head banging, injuring themselves and prison staff, and suicide,” the complaint reads. “Frequently, these symptoms are regarded as prison rule infractions, which prison officials punish with still more time in the RHU.”

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2 thoughts on “ACLU of Pa., others sue Pa. Dept. of Corrections over housing of mentally ill inmates

  1. chrissy says:

    there is sort of a same issue going on at SCI Waymart, concerning a young man named Aaron, he has been tasered, giving medication, when he didn’t want it. He is an autistci young man,Right now this young man is being is currently in the FTC unit of that prison. There is a group called AAron’s law on facebook, please take a peak at it.

    • chrissy says:

      My husbands rights were violated, while he is serving a sentence at SCI WAymart, he was taken out of the SCI WAymart, and put in Wayne County jail for 7 months, while there he had an altercation, which he did not start,he was cleared of everything,the other guy involved shoved him, he was told he wil lnot have any charges against him, Apparently not true, he now has a misconduct against, which this is now denying him,applying for another job. This misconduct violation, for he has no clue what? He didn’t do anything!! He was a 2 now he is a 3!!!!!!!!! He had requested to have our granddaughter come and see him, which my daughter agreed to it, OH but now yr later, they seem to have lost the paperwork. Imigine that?

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