“Mentally ill on hold without treatment: Norristown State Hospital lacks rooms for defendants deemed incompetent for trial”

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This July 15, 2016 article by Kaitlyn Foti found on the Mainline Media News website talks about the extremely long waiting list for beds at Torrance State Hospital and Norristown State Hospital Forensic Units.  The article talks about the impact not only to the person who is on the waiting list, but also their family, the flow of inmates through jails, and the financial impact faced by having to hold someone in jail who is on a waiting list for treatment.

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“Gov. Tom Wolf, state leaders launch new look at Pennsylvania’s criminal justice policies”

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This February 18, 2016 article by Charles Thompson, found on the Pennlive website, talks about the decision by Governor Tom Wolf and other lawmakers to look at ways to improve the Pennsylvania corrections system and maybe work towards decreasing the number of inmates so it is more inline with the average seen in the northeastern states region.  PA averages 3.94 sentenced inmates out of every 1000 people, where the entire Northeastern states region overall averages 2.26 per 1000 people.

“Federal suit says state provides inadequate mental health care”

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This December 1, 2015 article by Joe Smydo of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette talks about a federal lawsuit being filed by the Disability Rights Network against the Pennsylvania Dept. of Human Services citing inadequate mental health care as the reason for the suit.  Warren State Hospital, Torrance State Hospital and Mifflin County Jail are where the 3 people the suit focuses on are located.

“Pa. state prisons transform mental health care, but is it working?”

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This April 17, 2015 Penn Live article talks about ongoing changes in the Pennsylvania Prison System as it pertains to inmates with mental health issues.

 

“Their View: End the criminalization of mental illness”

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This article on the Centre Daily Times website talks about the criminalization of mental illness and what happens to those who are mentally ill and are incarcerated.

“Here’s what a psychologist learned from interviewing killers”

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This June 22, 2015 article by Chris Weller on the Science Alert website talks about one Psychologist’s experiences and lessons learned while working to understand cold killers who are awaiting trial.

“Don’t coerce the mentally ill into treatment Tim Murphy is raising the right issues but proposing the wrong solutions”

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This September 10, 2014 Pittsburgh Post-Gazette article talks about the flaws of coerced treatment for people with mental illnesses.

English: Rain Garden Apartments in the Villebo...

English: Rain Garden Apartments in the Villebois development in Wilsonville, Oregon. Provides housing to those with mental illnesses. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

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