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“United States: Force Against Prisoners With Mental Illness”

English: Human Rights Watch logo Русский: Лого...

English: Human Rights Watch logo Русский: Логотип Хьюман Райтс Вотч (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

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This May 12, 2015 article on the Human Rights Watch website talks about the abuse of power often used in handling mentally ill inmate that leads to injuries and even death because of what amounts to minor infractions of the rules or orders given to them.  One example in the article is about a woman who was not given her medication while she was incarcerated and at one point refused to change her jumpsuit and ended up being tasered multiple times within a matter of a few short minutes.

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“Voting Rights and People Living with Mental Illness”

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This is a page done by NAMI discussing the rights of people with mental disabilities to vote.  it seems to be a good starting point to learn about the voter rights of folks with mental health or intellectual disabilities.  In the booklet by Bazelon that is linked to from the NAMI page, there is also information about the Voter ID laws that have cropped up across the country.

 

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