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  • California Prisons Announce Mentally Ill Inmate Treatment Reform

    Posted Aug 8th, 2014 By in Prisons With | Comments Off on California Prisons Announce Mentally Ill Inmate Treatment Reform

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    prison-fence-218456_640prison-fence-218456_640The California prison system has been in news headlines often over the past year. California has been under a legal order to solve the overcrowded prison crisis while other prison reforms have been making headlines as well. One of the most import reform efforts is for mentally ill inmates to have access to the mental health treatment that they need.

    Last year, videos released of mentally ill inmates being pepper sprayed and forcefully thrown from cells by prison staff, received public outcry and spurred a federal judge to order that reforms be made.

    California prison officials pledged Friday to take a gentler approach with mentally ill inmates.

    The Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation said in a federal court filing that its move will create a system-wide culture change in how 33,000 mentally ill offenders are restrained and isolated.

    The state is revising its policies after U.S. District Court Judge Lawrence Karlton ruled in April that California’s treatment of mentally ill inmates violates their constitutional safeguards against cruel and unusual punishment.

    He acted after the graphic video tapes made by correctional officers were released, showing guards throwing chemical grenades and pumping large amounts of pepper spray into the cells of mentally ill inmates, some screaming and delirious.

    In a separate incident, a mentally ill inmate, who breathed through a hole in his throat, died after being pepper-sprayed at Mule Creek State Prison in Ione.

    Guards generally were acting after the inmates refused to take their medications, would not leave their cells or defied orders in other ways, officials said.

    The state now requires guards to consider the mental health condition of each inmate before using force and to employ the least amount of force necessary while seeking alternatives when there is no imminent threat of harm.

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