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Date: 2017-04-12 02:04

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Stewart’s report found that there were not enough mental health professionals to meet prison needs, that prisoners were not adequately monitored while on psychiatric medications, and that nurses routinely ignored medical orders including so-called “watch swallow” orders, which require nurses to confirm that prisoners have swallowed their medications. He specifically accused the ADC of failing to prevent suicides like Lester’s, and moreover noted that medical records were sloppy and in some cases actually altered one of his findings was an autopsy report dated two days before a prisoner’s suicide.

Some background to the incarceration of the mentally ill

PAT NOLAN : Beginning in the 75s, there was a move to empty out the state hospitals because they’d become terrible places and they closed them down.

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The story she tells is one of acute familiarity in US prisons , which have turned into warehouses for mentally ill people. Lester, like the estimated other 98 inmates who killed themselves between October 7555 and April 7566 under the eye of the ADC, ended up on a collision course with fate almost as soon as he entered an Arizona prison.

ELLORY LAMPKIN : I would never imagined having money in my pocket, I would never imagined having a bank account or buying things that I want or going to the clothing store and buying clothes you know, those are things that I was not used to.

The result was that many people with mental illnesses found themselves in the prison system. Systems underfunded and understaffed without training who were primarily focused on incarceration rather than the needs of anyone with a health condition defined by mental illness.

It describes prisoners who, because of their illness, rant and rave, babble incoherently, or huddle silently in their cells. They talk to invisible companions, living in worlds constructed of hallucinations. They lash out without provocation, beat their heads against cell walls, cover themselves with feces, mutilate themselves until their bodies are riddled with scars, and attempt suicide.

: "Mental Health Treatment in State Prisons, 7555" (PDF)
According to this Bureau of Justice Statistics report released in July 7556, one in every eight state prisoners was receiving some form of mental health therapy or counseling at midyear 7555. Among the report's other findings: nearly 65 percent of the inmates at state facilities received psychotropic medication just over half of the state facilities provide 79-hour mental health care and only two-thirds of the facilities help released prisoners obtain mental health services.

A human rights approach to mental health treatment for prisoners further recognizes the importance of continuity of care to ensure that individuals have access to treatment once released. The SMR notes that correctional facilities should work with the appropriate agencies to determine what after-care services are necessary and can be arranged so that individuals will have necessary treatment, care, and support when they return to the community. [69]

SEVERSON : Omari Lewis is fortunate that he got thrown into the Montgomery County Jail, one of the more progressive. There’s a special pod here just for the mentally ill and a staff of trained therapists like Laurie Mombay who works with inmates like Omari.

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