Bottom Line…A federal lawsuit against Mississippi correctional officials alleges that inmates with serious mental illness at the East Mississippi Correctional Facility are subjected to deplorable conditions that exacerbate their illness.Long‐standing allegations of inhumane conditions at a Mississippi state prison operated by a private company and offering privatized mental health and medical care are finally being aired in a federal courtroom this month. Originally filed in 2013 as a class action lawsuit on behalf of inmates at the East Mississippi Correctional Facility in Meridian, the Dockery v. Hall case is being seen by many as an example of what can go wrong when correctional officials introduce a profit consideration into prison operations.Among the most serious allegations against the prison's operators in the lawsuit are that inmates with serious mental illness have received little to no mental health or medical treatment, even in emergency situations, and that those running the prison rely too heavily on use of solitary confinement that is particularly harmful to inmates with mental illness.The Mississippi Department of Corrections “has turned a blind eye to treatment at the prison, allowing corners to be cut so private profits can be maximized,” Southern Poverty Law Center attorney Jody Owens said
Mental Health Weekly – Wiley
Published: Jan 12, 2018
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