Pakistani doctors say man on death row is mentally ill
ISLAMABAD (AP) — A rights group says court-appointed doctors have confirmed that a death row prisoner in Pakistan suffers from chronic schizophrenia and requires regular medical treatment.
Justice Project Pakistan, which campaigns against the death penalty, says the findings were submitted to a court in Lahore with the suggestion that Saleem Ahmed be transferred to a mental health treatment facility.
ATLANTA (AP) — A Georgia practice of releasing prisoners directly from solitary confinement to freedom sets them up for failure and poses a risk to the public, lawyers for prisoners held in isolation say.
Judge sets prison deadline on mentally ill inmates
MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — A federal judge presiding in a lawsuit involving mental health treatment in Alabama prisons is giving officials until Friday to move mentally ill inmates who've been held too long in single-person cells.
U.S. District Judge Myron Thompson issued the order Thursday following a hearing where inmate attorneys argued that mentally ill prisoners are being held too long in solitary.
Suit resolved for lawyers investigating alleged inmate abuse
BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — A settlement has resolved a lawsuit that accused Louisiana prison officials of blocking attorneys from investigating "alarming" allegations of inmate abuse, including claims that mentally ill prisoners were forced to kneel or bend down and bark like dogs to get food.
A federal judge on Thursday signed off on the settlement agreement between prison officials and the Advocacy Center, a New Orleans-based nonprofit that filed the suit last month.
HOUSTON (AP) — Charges have been dropped against two former Texas jail sergeants in connection with a mentally ill prisoner who was ignored for weeks in his filthy cell.
Ricky Pickens-Wilson and John Figaroa were indicted in 2015 on allegations that they manipulated cell check records related to the Harris County jail inmate. The two subsequently were fired.
MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — Alabama will have to make significant and costly changes in the treatment of mentally ill prisoners now that a federal judge has found their care to be unconstitutionally cruel, a state lawmaker said Wednesday.
U.S. District Judge Myron Thompson in the Tuesday ruling ordered the state to improve conditions, something that lawyers and lawmakers said will cost the state.
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Perhaps the largest group of mentally ill inmates in the U.S. resides in Los Angeles in one of the world's largest jail complexes.
Over the past seven years, the jail's population has spiked almost 50 percent — with nearly every inmate having both mental illness and substance abuse problems — and officials suspect the rise is due to methamphetamine use.
New House leader interested in the mentally ill in prisons
LANSING, Mich. (AP) — The next leader of the Michigan House says he wants to bring experts together to discuss mental health treatment.
The number of mentally ill prisoners in the prison system has grown 14 percent since 2012 to roughly 9,400. Tom Leonard of DeWitt, who soon will become House speaker, says "early intervention" for people with mental illness saves money and can keep the public safe.
Prison mental health care lawsuit proceeds as class action
MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — A federal judge on Friday granted class action status to a lawsuit filed by Alabama inmates who claim the state is failing to provide constitutionally adequate mental health treatment.
The decision by U.S. District Judge Myron Thompson clears the way for the case to go to trial next month on behalf of all current and future inmates with severe mental illness.
Pakistan’s top court stays hanging of mentally ill prisoner
ISLAMABAD (AP) — Pakistan's Supreme Court on Monday stayed the execution of a mentally ill prisoner whose hanging was to take place later this week, a lawyer said.
The case of 50-year-old Imdad Ali, convicted of murdering a religious scholar in 2001, has drawn criticism from rights groups. He was diagnosed with schizophrenia in 2008.
Pakistan sets date for execution of mentally ill prisoner
ISLAMABAD (AP) — Pakistani authorities have set a date for the execution of a man diagnosed with schizophrenia after the country's highest court rejected his final appeal on the ground that his disease does not qualify as a mental disorder, a defense lawyer said Wednesday.
Settlement means treatment for mentally ill prisoners
NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Advocacy groups announced a federal court settlement Tuesday that they said will lead to hospital treatment, instead of incarceration, for mentally ill Louisiana inmates.
The MacArthur Justice Center and The Advocacy Center of New Orleans said in a joint news release that the federal court settlement case affects people tried and found not guilty by reason of insanity, as well as inmates found mentally incompetent to stand trial.