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“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.

“Pa. Corrections Workers Finish First Phase of Mental Health Training”

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This July 20, 2015 Newsworks article found on the NBC10.com website talks about the first phase of training received by a number of law enforcement officers and judges in Pennsylvania

“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.

“Prisoner patients: Pa. switches to treatment for mentally ill inmates”

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This January 12, 2015 Pittsburgh Post-Gazette article talks not only about the changes being made in the Pennsylvania prison system, but goes on to remind us that it is equally important to fund mental health services in the community to help to help prevent people from ending up in jails and prisons because of crimes committed as a result of untreated mental health issues.

 

** Side note: I do recognize that Alcatraz is not in Pennsylvania, but chose to use the image of an Alcatraz prisoner tag because it was prison related and of the images that appeared in my results it was the most relevant.

An Alcatraz Island Prison prisoner tag

An Alcatraz Island Prison prisoner tag (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

“Pennsylvania prison system develops separate housing for mentally ill inmates”

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This January 6, 2015 Pittsburgh Post-Gazette article talks about changes being made in how inmates in Pennsylvania’s correctional system are being managed.  Efforts are being made to divert them to treatment settings within the prison system as opposed to placing them into segregated housing (aka “The Hole”).

English: Lansing Correctional Facility

English: Lansing Correctional Facility (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

“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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“State prison system making changes to deal with mentally ill”

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This December 7, 2014 article found on the Philly.com website talks about changes that are being made in Pennsylvania with regards to how mentally ill inmates are treated in the prison system

English: Concertina razor wire at a prison

English: Concertina razor wire at a prison (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

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“Jails Are the Biggest Asylums in the Nation Says Rep. Patrick Kennedy at Health Forum”

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This November 18, 2014 OpEdNews.com article talks about the ever-increasing number of people with mental illnesses who are ending up in jails or prisons due in large part to the lack of available mental health services available to them in the community.  As a result, many with mental illnesses who are often convicted of non-violent crimes end up trapped in a revolving door going in and out of jails sometimes even begging to be kept in jail because they get better treatment in jails then they do in the community.  If those who are being released from jail that have a mental illness, are lucky they will be able to find some place to live other than the streets, but this is often not the case.

“Mental Health Court an alternative for non-violent offenders”

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This October 17, 2014 article on the Philadelphia Tribune website talks about the Mental health court in Philadelphia.  It is said to be the first of it’s kind, and it’s goal is to get help for non-violent offenders who have a mental health issue, in order to set the offender up for success as opposed to failure after they have served their sentence.

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English: Seal of the city of , (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

“US jails struggle with role as makeshift asylums”

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This July 14, 2014 ydr.com article talks about the problems being faced by jails and prisons across the country as they try to figure out how to deal with the sharp increase in the number of seriously mentally ill inmates that are incarcerated primarily due to non-violent crimes.

English: Concertina razor wire at a prison

English: Concertina razor wire at a prison (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

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