Mentally ill prisoners

File - In this Sept. 17, 2018 file photo, Pelicia Hall, Mississippi Department of Corrections Commissioner. speaks before a meeting of the Joint Legislative Budget Committee Fiscal Year 2020 hearing in Jackson, Miss. A federal judge has rejected claims that conditions in a Mississippi prison are unconstitutionally harsh. His ruling comes amid violence at three other corrections facilities that resulted in the deaths of three inmates this week. U.S. District Judge William Barbour ruled Tuesday, Dec. 31, 2019, that while conditions may have previously been poor at East Mississippi Correctional Facility near Meridian, there's no longer any evidence that the privately run prison is violating inmates' rights. (AP Photo/Rogelio V. Solis, File)
January 02, 2020 - 9:05 pm
JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Another Mississippi inmate has died at the hands of a fellow inmate, bringing the death toll to four in disturbances over the past week in the state prison system. The violence comes even as a federal judge has rejected claims that conditions in one Mississippi prison are...
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FILE - This July 22, 2015 file photo shows the Waller County jail cell in Hempstead, Texas, where Sandra Bland was found dead. “Jails are understaffed and often very understaffed,” said Diana Claitor, executive director of the Texas Jail Project, which advocates for inmates and their families. “You know you have to check a suicidal inmate, but at the same time, another crisis or fight occurs down the hall, and you have to go there. If you don’t have any extra personnel because someone is sick, you’re doing everything alone.” (AP Photo/Pat Sullivan, File)
December 21, 2019 - 12:14 pm
In a county jail in central Texas, an inmate on suicide watch begins strangling himself with a phone cord. The guard watching him does not rush in because of security rules that prohibit him from going into a cell alone, leading to an agonizing 10-minute wait before another staffer arrives to...
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This undated photo provided by the Anderson Family, shows Cachin Anderson, a New York prisoner who killed himself while in solitary confinement. Prisoner advocates say Anderson's death and others illustrate how New York's prison system fails to ensure the safety of inmates who might hurt themselves if left alone in a cell. (Courtesy of the Anderson Family via AP)
December 15, 2019 - 3:26 pm
ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — The final two months of Cachin Anderson’s life in New York’s prison system were filled with warnings he was a man in crisis. He climbed on a sink and dove headfirst at the floor, saying he “wanted to end it and go home.” He urinated on guards. He hurled a can at one corrections...
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FILE - In this Friday, Sept. 1, 2017, file photo, Gov. John Carney speaks at a news conference in Wilmington, Del. Delaware's attorney general is investigating the medical contractor for the state's prison system amid allegations that contract counselors were ordered to forge documents to indicate that inmates were getting mental health treatment they never received. "It's upsetting that so many years down the road, and we're still not apparently getting what we're paying for," a frustrated Carney said Tuesday, May 14, 2019. "That's just unacceptable." (Suchat Pederson/The News Journal via AP, File)
May 14, 2019 - 8:12 pm
DOVER, Del. (AP) — Delaware's attorney general is investigating the state's prison system medical contractor amid allegations that staffers were ordered to forge documents to falsely state that inmates were getting mental health treatment they never received. Officials confirmed the investigation...
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In this photo taken June 20, 2018, inmates pass a Correctional Officer as they leave an exercise yard at the California Medical Facility in Vacaville, Calif. CMF is one of the California prisons where general population inmates are expected to peacefully co-exist alongside inmates formerly housed on so-called Sensitive Needs Yards. The protective yards were created to safeguard gang snitches, disgraced cops, child molesters and others in need of protective custody. But they have become so violent and crowded that officials are dismantling the program. (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli)
July 01, 2018 - 2:47 pm
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Special California prisons intended to protect gang informants, disgraced cops and child molesters have become so violent, gang-riddled and crowded that officials are dismantling what's become the United States' largest protective custody program. The inmates are gradually...
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April 19, 2018 - 3:17 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — Lawyers for a longtime Guantanamo detainee are seeking a specialized medical evaluation, saying that he was mentally ill long before his detention and that his psychological condition has deteriorated after years of imprisonment and interrogation. Representatives for Mohammed al-...
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July 13, 2017 - 3:51 am
WASHINGTON (AP) — The nation's federal prisons are holding inmates in solitary confinement for long periods of time, sometimes years, in spite of mounting evidence that it can seriously hurt their mental health, a government watchdog says. The Bureau of Prisons says it doesn't practice solitary...
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July 13, 2017 - 3:48 am
WASHINGTON (AP) — The nation's federal prisons are holding inmates in solitary confinement for long periods of time, sometimes years, in spite of mounting evidence that it can seriously hurt their mental health. That's from a government watchdog report. The Bureau of Prisons says it doesn't...
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FILE - In this Tuesday March 4, 2008, file photo, William Morva as he listens to court proceedings in Washington County Circuit Court in Abingdon, Va. Morva is scheduled to receive a lethal injection Thursday, July 6, 2017, for the killings of a hospital security guard and a sheriff’s deputy in 2006. Morva’s attorneys and mental health advocates are calling on Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe to spare his life. (Matt Gentry/The Roanoke Times via AP, Pool, File)
June 30, 2017 - 9:56 am
RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — William Morva showed signs of mental illness long before he killed two men during an escape from custody in 2006, friends and family say. In the years leading up to the killings, Morva began sleeping in the woods, showed up barefoot at his father's funeral and was banned from a...
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This undated photo provided by the Austin Police Department shows Jennifer Lampkin. Lampkin, a 35-year-old Austin, Texas native, has spent over a year in county jail, waiting for treatment in a mental hospital after she was accused of slapping a young girl in a Dollar General store but deemed both mentally ill and intellectually disabled by a judge. She is one of hundreds of Texans jailed rather than placed in a mental hospitals despite being deemed incompetent for trial and in need of psychological treatment. (Austin Police Department via AP)
May 24, 2017 - 5:35 pm
AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Though a judge deemed her mentally unfit to stand trial fourteen months ago, Jennifer Lampkin is still sitting in an Austin jail cell because there are no free spots for her at the state's psychiatric hospitals. Lampkin, 35, has both intellectual disabilities and a mental...
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