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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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updated: “Mental Hospital Seclusion and Restraint Reduction: Finalist Presentation”

I found this video on YouTube which discusses what is being done to cut the use of restraints and seclusion in the state hospital system in Pennsylvania.  It’s a little technical in nature, but shouldn’t be too difficult for someone without a background in mental health to understand and those involved with the mental health system should also benefit from it as well.

Here’s the link to the video ….. http://youtu.be/zhpsQovmAjg

Here is a link to the PARecovery.org website where you can get more information about the reduction of the use of restraints and seclusion in Pennsylvania ….. http://parecovery.org/services_seclusion.shtml

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