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“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.

“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.

“United States: Force Against Prisoners With Mental Illness”

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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.

“Asylum for the severely mentally ill”

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High Royds solitary confinement – geograph.org.uk – 1047059 (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Asylum for the severely mentally ill.

This undated audio segment found on the WHYY – Voices In The Family, talks about the issues surrounding the treatment of people with mental illnesses describing how state hospitals have been run in the past, the closure of many of them, and the result of poor funding of community based services which has resulted in an influx of people with mental illnesses ending up in jails and prisons where they are often heavily medicated or placed in solitary confinement for long periods of time.   There is a link within the description of the segment pointing to an article on the Journal of American Medical Association (JAMA) “Improving Long-term Psychiatric Care Bring Back the Asylum” is a freely accessible publication and is the article that the interview in this segment is based on.

“Pennsylvania Department of Corrections Seeks to Refurbish Mental Health Care”

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This January 21, 2015 Correctional News  article talks about more of the details of the changes being made in the Pennsylvania correctional system about the ways that mentally ill inmates are treated while they are incarcerated in Pennsylvania.  The Department of Corrections will be working closely with the PA Disability Rights Network to make sure that the changes being made are positive changes.

“Christmas Behind Bars”

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This December 23, 2014, The Atlantic, article talks about how inmates at Maine State Prison celebrate Christmas despite rules that say they can’t give gifts.

“The Benefit Of EHRs To The Prison System”

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This August 28, 2014 Business Solutions article talks about less obvious reasons why electronic health records could be beneficial in the corrections system.

““Housing First” Helps Keep Ex-Inmates Off the Streets (and Out of Prison)”

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This July 23, 2014 Next City article talks about how something as basic as safe affordable housing can mean the difference between success and failure for a person who has been released from jail or prison. The article points out that someone released from prison who ends up on the streets is in an all out survival mode that makes it difficult for them to even think about continuing things like mental health treatment, or finding a job, because the people are so focused on things like trying to figure out where their next meal will come from.

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English: Affordable Housing Project – Fareham Finally finished development of shared equity/ affordable housing at the corner of West St and Trinity St. Fareham. Very conveniently situated right in the town centre.1094008 (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

“State’s corrections work seen as example for the nation”

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This July 16, 2014 article in the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette talks about how Pennsylvania is becoming a leader for the nation in decreasing recidivism in the prison population touches on efforts being made that include behavioral health and other various issues effecting inmates both in prison and among those who are leaving prison.

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English: Holmesburg Prison seen from the air; Philadelphia, Pennsylvania; October 2007. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

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