Thursday, May 17, 2012
The Associated Press: Mentally ill inmates sue to get out of solitary:
"But prisoners' rights advocates around the nation say putting mentally ill inmates in long-term solitary confinement amounts to cruel and unusual punishment. In some states, activists are pushing court challenges to get convicts out of isolation."
We have way too many people doing things to get put in jail in order to get needed medical care because they can not afford to get it on their own. Now we also have to face the fact that for persons suffering from mental illness we send them to jail in order to avoid paying for needed mental health treatment. Jails have become a hidden part of our health care system. One we need to address as part of reform.
Posted by Craig at 4:06 AM