Agreement Reached On Conditions for Mentally Ill Inmates

January 13, 2015 | Lizzie McLellan | The Legal Intelligencer

The Department of Corrections has agreed to reform its conditions for inmates who suffer from mental illness.

A settlement between the DOC and the Disability Rights Network of Pennsylvania spelled out a number of conditions that the state agreed to implement within the corrections system, including psychological evaluation of patients and a limit on when and for how long mentally ill inmates can be confined to a restricted housing unit.

The DOC also agreed to pay the DRNPA $750,000 in costs and attorney fees, according to the settlement agreement.

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