Butler County, Pa., jail authorities have set aside special cells, some of them padded, for inmates whose behavior renders them unfit for the general population. But they concede this doesn’t address the real needs of individuals who find scant help in the outside world.
Over the past six years, Oregon has sent at least 1,486 people with mental illness accused of misdemeanors to spend months at the state hospital to ready them for court in a “deeply broken” system that is deemed “wasteful and unjust.”
Former prison nurse Jose Vallejo is one of several corrections employees who have come forward with unsettling claims that Arizona inmates’ lives were put at risk when the state contracted with a private company for correctional health care services.
As rural jails bear an increasing burden of individuals with mental health problems, jail authorities in Quincy, Il., have deployed innovative measures such as video counseling, special training for corrections officers, and partnerships with police and health providers.
As the nation continue to suffer from the opioid epidemic, programs that can divert substance abusers away from the criminal justice system are critical. One increasingly popular approach called “deflection” partners police and public health workers.
Expensive medications for inmates can lead to substandard care and delays in treatment, and that may have lasting—even deadly—consequences for incarcerated individuals, writes a prison health care advocate.
The expansion of Medicaid to all halfway house residents in 2016 has motivated former incarcerees to seek medical help for chronic behavioral health and substance abuse problems that might otherwise have led to recidivism, according to an Urban Institute study.
As of 2016, Texas prisons were providing dentures only to 71 inmates of a population of 149,000. Now, the state will become what’s believed to be the first in the U.S. to 3-D-print dentures for inmates on site.