The treatment given to S.C. prison inmates suffering serious mental illness is so substandard that it’s unconstitutional and threatens the mental health of inmates, a state judge ruled Wednesday in a historic decision.
Since the 1960s, increasing numbers of mentally ill individuals who have committed offenses or are regarded as dangers to society are being housed in prisons and jails across the U.S.—in part because of funding cutbacks.
A new study is aiming to help develop guidelines and resources for indigent defense attorneys to use when representing clients with mental health disorders.
For the two-year study, which began on Jan.
Just City's insight:
Shelby County Chief Public Defender Stephen Bush is serving on a national advisory panel for this project. Bush is the architect of the nationally recognized Jericho Project. Read more about his role in this post on JustCity.org.
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