Latest Mentally ill prisoners News

Inmate accused in guard's death remains in state hospital

May. 15, 2019 10:48 AM EDT

TEXARKANA, Ark. (AP) — An Arkansas inmate accused in the beating death of a jail guard in 2016 will remain in the state hospital for mental health treatment. Tramell Hunter is accused in the December 2016 killing of correctional officer Lisa Mauldin at the Miller County jail. Hunter has been found...

Delaware AG investigating prison medical contractor

May. 14, 2019 8:13 PM EDT

DOVER, Del. (AP) — Delaware's attorney general is investigating the state's prison system medical contractor amid allegations that staffers were ordered to forge documents to falsely state that inmates were getting mental health treatment they never received. Officials confirmed the investigation this week...

Texas House OKs death penalty ban for severely mentally ill

May. 9, 2019 6:03 PM EDT

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — The nation's busiest death-penalty state would stop executing inmates who are severely mentally ill under legislation the Republican-controlled Texas House approved Thursday, signaling a willingness to soften the state's tough stance on capital punishment. The measure may not get much...

Lawsuit asks to end solitary confinement in Virginia prisons

May. 6, 2019 3:20 PM EDT

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — The use of long-term solitary confinement at two of Virginia's toughest prisons has caused "severe physical and mental health damage" to inmates, including hallucinations, post-traumatic stress disorder and suicidal thoughts, the American Civil Liberties Union alleges in a federal...

Judge says Alabama failed to protect prisoners from suicide

May. 4, 2019 8:32 PM EDT

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — After 15 inmate suicides in 15 months, a federal judge ruled Saturday that Alabama is putting prisoners in danger by failing to provide adequate suicide-prevention measures. U.S. District Judge Myron Thompson wrote that there are "severe and systemic inadequacies" in the Alabama...

Inmates sue over what they call inhumane conditions at jail

Apr. 24, 2019 1:26 PM EDT

Twenty current and former inmates at a troubled county jail in Cleveland say in a lawsuit that they repeatedly have been denied medication or mental health treatment and subjected to inhumane and dangerous conditions. Some of the inmates described seeing bugs swarming their food and showers, broken and...

Rise in suicide attempts in Texas prisons alarms advocates

Apr. 12, 2019 10:48 AM EDT

DALLAS (AP) — Sawyer Letcher heard voices others couldn't. They told him to hurt himself. Trying to silence the clamor in his head, the 19-year-old would bang it against a prison wall in Texas until he bled. He tried to hang himself at least twice before eventually taking his life with bed sheets in his...

Federal judge holding trial on Alabama prisoner suicides

Mar. 28, 2019 7:43 PM EDT

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — After 15 inmates killed themselves within 15 months, a federal judge will weigh whether the Alabama prison system is doing enough to prevent suicides. U.S. District Judge Myron Thompson on Thursday began a mini-trial on suicide prevention measures. It comes almost two years after...