A Year After Shootings, How Jared Loughner is Treated In Prison

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A year after he is accused of killing six and wounding 13 in Tucson, Jared Loughner, prisoner No. 15213-196, spends his life in isolation but is never alone, reports the Arizona Republic. Cameras at the U.S. Medical Center for Federal Prisoners in Springfield, Mo., watch his every movement. Guards log his actions every 15 minutes. His existence is charted in three colors. Blue means he’s in bed. Green means up and awake. Red means he is pacing in tight circles in his small cell. Red made up the largest slice on Loughner’s tri-color pie chart some days during the summer.

A mental-health team at the U.S. Medical Center for Federal Prisoners in Springfield, Mo., is treating Loughner with counseling and a cocktail of drugs to counter anxiety, depression and psychosis. Dr. Christina Pietz, prison psychologist and Loughner’s main therapist, delves into his past and trawls through his psyche, trying to restore the 23-year-old to mental competency so he can stand trial on 49 charges. Pietz diagnosed Loughner with schizophrenia, based partly on descriptions from people who knew him and after reading his online statements and a dream journal recovered at his home. She also interviewed him for nine hours over a month. Prison officials won’t talk about Loughner’s confinement.

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