Justice Department http://wesa.fm en Federal Investigation of State Prison's Treatment of Inmates with Mental Illness http://wesa.fm/post/federal-investigation-state-prisons-treatment-inmates-mental-illness <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The US Department of Justice released a report last Friday stating that a Pennsylvania State prison violated the civil rights of inmates with serious mental illness and/or intellectual disabilities.</span></p><p>The investigators found that the Cambria County prison they investigated placed mentally ill inmates in solitary confinement for prolonged periods of time as a way of "warehousing" them.</p><p>The percentage of prisoners on the state's mental health roster has increased by more than 50 percent, since 1999, accounting for more than 20 percent of all inmates in the PA prison system.</p><p> Mon, 03 Jun 2013 20:26:11 +0000 Heather McClain 10701 at http://wesa.fm Federal Investigation of State Prison's Treatment of Inmates with Mental Illness