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NCJ Number: 155119 Find in a Library
Title: Cruel and Unusual Punishment of the Mentally Ill in California's Prisons: A Case Study of a Class Action Suit
Journal: Social Justice  Volume:21  Issue:3  Dated:(Fall 1994)  Pages:109-116
Author(s): D Specter
Date Published: 1994
Page Count: 8
Type: Survey
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This article describes a class action suit filed by mentally ill inmates in the California Department of Corrections (CDC) system of facilities, charging that official neglect of their mental health needs constituted cruel and unusual punishment.
Abstract: The trial of Ralph Coleman et al v. Pete Wilson et al lasted for three months in 1993. The judge in the case declared the California prison system to be lacking in each of seven essential elements for an adequate mental health care system. These included screening and identification of mentally ill inmates, staffing, access to care, segregation, medication, medical records, and suicide prevention. The court found that the serious problems in the prison mental health prison were directly related to the deliberate indifference shown by correctional officials. 13 notes
Main Term(s): Corrections
Index Term(s): California; Class action lawsuits; Cruel and unusual punishment; Inmate treatment; Offender mental health services
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