How Prisons Trap the Mentally Ill

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Standing in the middle of his prison cell in Poughkeepsie NY, Masai Giardino Stewart could touch the walls if he outstretched his arms. Throughout one sweltering summer, Stewart was confined in this space for at least 23 hours a day.

The banging and yelling that echoed in the corridors, the constant chaos, made Stewart anxious, and [his days without sleep] brought frightening flashbacks of trauma from early childhood.

[His mother Tami Bell knew that trauma well]. In 2002, when her . . .

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