Latest Mentally ill prisoners News

Death sentence removed over inmate's mental disability claim

Nov. 18, 2021 19:00 PM EST

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — A Tennessee inmate will no longer face execution over the slayings of a mother and daughter more than 30 years ago because of claims that he is intellectually disabled, a prosecutor announced Thursday. Shelby County District Attorney Amy Weirich...

Trial to begin over health care for 27K Arizona prisoners

Oct. 30, 2021 11:18 AM EDT

PHOENIX (AP) — A lawsuit challenging the quality of health care for more than 27,000 people incarcerated in Arizona’s prisons is headed to trial Monday after a 6-year-old settlement resolving the case was thrown out by a judge who concluded the state showed little interest in making many...

EXPLAINER: How mental illness law is changing Ohio death row

Oct. 21, 2021 11:17 AM EDT

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — A new Ohio law prohibiting the execution of people who had severe mental illness at the time of their crime has begun seeing its first implementations. Republican Gov. Mike DeWine in January signed the bill into law covering killers diagnosed with...

Kansas inmates wait months for mental health treatment

Oct. 18, 2021 11:15 AM EDT

LAWRENCE, Kan. (AP) — Inmates with mental health issues are waiting months to get the medication and treatment they need to be deemed competent to assist in their own defense because a state hospital is so overtaxed. Douglas County Sheriff Jay Armbrister said the...

Inmates complain of conditions amid lockdown at Maine jail

Oct. 09, 2021 13:34 PM EDT

Coronavirus developments around New England: ___ MAINE Inmates at a Maine jail that has imposed a near-total lockdown because of a coronavirus outbreak and staffing shortages say the conditions are taking a toll on their mental...

Rikers Island should close, say 4 House Democrats from NY

Sep. 21, 2021 19:47 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Four members of Congress from New York demanded the release of inmates and closure of New York City's troubled Rikers Island jail complex after another inmate was reported dead at the facility. Democratic Reps. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Jerry Nadler,...

Class action for lawsuit claiming abuse at a Lousiana prison

Sep. 20, 2021 14:47 PM EDT

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — A federal lawsuit in which several inmates at a north Louisiana state prison allege harsh treatment of the mentally ill was granted class action status on Monday by a federal judge. U.S. District Judge Elizabeth Foote's decision means the criminal...