California prison mental health system
A federal judge has denied California’s request to lift the court’s oversight of the state’s prison mental health system, citing “systemic failures” and “ongoing constitutional violations”. Read more.
California officials and their consultants violated the rules of ethics when they interviewed mentally ill prisoners without permission and used the information collected to justify state’s request to terminate federal oversight of the state’s mental health system, a federal judge ruled on Friday. Read more.
Experts hired by the state of California have been accused of clandestinely interviewing prisoners, including those with serious mental illness, to collect information in support of the state’s request to lift federal oversight of the mental health system in California prisons. Read more.
Claiming that California now runs “one of the finest prison systems in the United States”, Gov. Jerry Brown is seeking to stop further reductions to the state’s prison population and to terminate the federal court’s oversight of the prison mental health system. Read more.
One of the main issues in Coleman v. Brown is whether the state of California is meeting its obligation to provide a “constitutional” level of care to prisoners with mental health problems. Read more.
Inmates suffering from mental health problems continue to be held in solitary confinement – or “administration segregation” or “ad seg” units – due to lack of appropriate treatment beds even after Gov. Jerry Brown declared an end to California’s prison emergency. Read more.
- WhatTheFolly.com: Transcript: Excerpts from the Coleman v. Brown hearing at U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of California on March 27, 2013
- WhatTheFolly.com: Transcript: Press briefing Q&A w/ Gov. Jerry Brown on CA’s prisons
- WhatTheFolly.com: Transcript: Gov. Jerry Brown’s remarks on terminating federal oversight of CA’s prison system & lifting the prison population cap
- Coleman v. Brown: Order to show cause why state experts should not be stricken – March 18, 2013 (PDF)
- Coleman v. Brown: State’s response to order to shaw cause regarding expert reports and declarations March 25, 2013 (PDF)
- Coleman v. Brown: Plaintiffs’ evidentiary objections to state’s expert reports and declarations – March 19, 2013 (PDF)
- Coleman v. Brown: Plaintiffs’ opposition to state’s motion to terminate federal oversight – March 19, 2013 (PDF)
- Coleman v. Brown: State’s motion to terminate federal oversight of prison system – January 2013 (PDF)
- WhatTheFolly.com: Analysis: LAO raises concerns over latest California prison ‘realignment’ blueprint
- WhatTheFolly.com: California attempts to fix broken prison system with ‘realignment’
- WhatTheFolly.com: Five Key Facts on California’s Prison Overcrowding
- WhatTheFolly.com: California presents long-overdue plan to reduce prison overcrowding
- cdcr.ca.gov: Updates on the three-judge panel decision
- cdcr.ca.gov: CDCR’s budget for fiscal year 2011-2012