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“Pennsylvania Overhauls Health Care For Mentally Ill Inmates”

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This January 7, 2015 Think Progress article talks about changes being made to the treatment of inmates with mental health issues that are happening because of a settlment in a federal lawsuit brought by the Disability Rights Network of Pennsylvania (DRNPA)  against the Pennsylvania Department of Corrections (DOC).

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“California prisons alter treatment of mentally ill”

 

English: Prison cell, Fort Leavenworth. Deutsc...

English: Prison cell, Fort Leavenworth. Deutsch: Gefängniszelle, Fort Leavenworth. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

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This August 2, 2014 TribLive|USWorld article talks about dramatic changes that will be made system wide to the California correctional system on how people with mental illnesses who are in jails or prison are treated during the time they are incarcerated.  Some changes include a ban on the use of pepper spray in mental health detention areas of prisons without special authorization.  Other changes include allowing guards to enter the cell of a person with a mental illness, long enough to administer medication to them, but then leaving the cell without forcibly removing the person from their cell in the process

if at all possible.

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