California prison mental health system

Treatment Cages for Individual Mental Health Clinical Contacts in Enhanced Outpatient Program Administrative Segregation Unit (C-12) at Mule Creek State Prison. SOURCE: Coleman v. Brown declaration of Dr. Craig Haney for the plaintiffs.

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Federal court denies California’s request to lift oversight of 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.

Federal judge rules California officials violated rules of ethics in Coleman v. Brown

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.

ANALYSIS: “Profound” ethical violations undermine expert testimonies in California’s bid to lift federal oversight of prison system

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. 

ANALYSIS: California seeks to terminate federal oversight of prison mental health system

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.

California argues federal court cannot mandate “perfection” in prison mental health system

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.

California places mentally ill prisoners in solitary confinement due to lack of treatment beds

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.

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