New York City Mayor De Blasio: We Need to Address People with Mental Illnesses in Jail

NEW YORK—At a Thursday press briefing on the Department of Correction’s planned reforms of jail conditions at Rikers Island, Mayor Bill de Blasio and Corrections Commissioner Joseph Ponte expressed that their biggest challenge is how to provide for mentally ill inmates. The mayor said the high proportion of inmates with a mental illness—at 40 percent…

Voices from Solitary | Nathan Brewer | Hamilton County Jail | Solitary Confinement

Voices from Solitary: A Day in the Life, Part VI

The following essay was originally published on Solitary Watch: This post is the next in a series of pieces Solitary Watch is publishing as part of a project calling for people held in solitary confinement to write on various proposed themes. Our first suggested theme, “A Day in the Life,” calls for writers to describe a day…

Mental illness and prisons

A Psychotic Episode Shouldn’t End in a Jail Cell

The following blog post, entitled “A Psychotic Episode Shouldn’t End in a Jail Cell,” on mental health services in this country comes from the ACLU. The post underscores that the state of mental health care in this country has failed on all fronts, noting that we use prisons and jails in place of treatment facilities…

Lynn Stewart: Will a Legal Defender of Terror Suspects Die of Cancer in Prison?

Originally posted on Dogma and Geopolitics:
Lynne Stewart‘s “Crime?” Steadfastly fighting for justice in courts that have surrendered their independence to serve the security and surveillance state. April 22, 2013  |   Lynne Stewart, in the vindictive and hysterical world of the war on terror, is one of its martyrs. A 73-year-old lawyer who spent…