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Prisons Department: Almost $900K Spent Defending Lawsuit

August 12th, 2014 Posted by Media, News Commentary 0 thoughts on “Prisons Department: Almost $900K Spent Defending Lawsuit”

February 12, 2014

South Carolina has spent almost $900,000 on defending the Department of Corrections for their mistreatment of mentally ill inmates. Judge Baxley has already ruled for the state to develop a plan to improve the state’s handling of mentally ill prisoners, but the state is currently trying to appeal this ruling—spending more and more tax payer money to not correct the problem. new balance 2018 pas cher Help us fight back against this appeal by signing our petition! You can also take the time to read Rehinge’s mental health reform proposed changes to the SC Department of Corrections.

Read the Full Article on the Greenville News Website

COLUMBIA — The state has spent almost $900,000 with a private law firm since 2005, defending the Department of Corrections against a lawsuit asking for better treatment of inmates with serious mental illness, the agency has confirmed. acheter newbalance en ligne Circuit Judge Michael Baxley last month found that the state’s prison system has repeatedly violated the rights of the seriously mentally ill, in some cases resulting in their deaths, and ordered the agency to develop a plan of improvements within six months. acheter newbalance His 45-page order included individual horror stories, including cases in which inmates were placed in solitary for years, strapped into restraining chairs in painful positions and left naked and in filth in cold, empty cells. new balance sitemap Sen. acheter newbalance en ligne Karl Allen, a Greenville lawyer and a member of the Senate Corrections and Penology Committee, said the amount spent on defending against the suit is “almost borderline ridiculous.”

Later in the article, Paton Blough was interviewed by the Greenville News:

Paton Blough, a Greenville mental health advocate, had asked the prison system for the amount it spent defending itself from the lawsuit. soldes newbalance chaussures “I think it’s a tragic waste,” he said of the money spent.

Haley Needs to Address Treatment of Inmates

August 10th, 2014 Posted by Advocacy, Articles, Media, Published Media 0 thoughts on “Haley Needs to Address Treatment of Inmates”

Posted in the Letter to the Editor section of the Greenville News on February 09, 2014

I am somewhat appalled at the lack of response from Gov. Chaussures Homme New Balance Nikki Haley after Judge Michael Baxley highlighted the way our Department of Corrections has been abusing the severely mentally ill in our prisons. Gov. chaussures newbalance pas cher Haley had the opportunity during her State of the State Address to mention these issues along with a plan to remedy this situation but instead decided to remain silent. newbalance 2018 She has also yet to respond to a letter signed by over 300 of her constituents and over a dozen elected officials asking her to drop the appeal that was immediately mentioned after the ruling came down. Judge Baxley highlighted in his 45-page ruling how some inmates with severe psychotic disorders have been in solitary confinement for years, and in tat least one case where a man died with rotting food trays surrounding him. chaussures newbalance pas cher Judge Baxley has given the state six months to come up with a plan to make the necessary changes. soldes newbalance chaussures It’s time we all wake up to the fact that we need to invest in our mental health system in this state to avoid the higher fiscal and human cost down the road. new balance femme pas cher The real solution is to come up with a plan that would stop the vicious, expensive cycle of why the mentally ill end up in prisons in the first place. acheter newbalance If we could stop 3,000 severely mentally ill from being incarcerated we would save over $52 million annually in the Corrections costs alone.

Letter to the Editor: Reform Prisons

August 14th, 2013 Posted by Advocacy, Letters, Media, Published Media 2 thoughts on “Letter to the Editor: Reform Prisons”

South Carolina Gov. acheter newbalance Nikki Haley has selected her chief of staff to be the next director of the state’s prison system. Source: WLTX


Published: The Post and Courier, Sept. 14, 2013

I was glad to see that reducing recidivism rates was a reason for Gov. new balance 2018 pas cher Nikki Haley’s recent appointment of Bryan Stirling as the new S.C. soldes newbalance prisons chief. The disappointment came when I read no mention of the mentally ill who are living behind bars. Any spending targeted at helping inmates read just to civilian life without addressing this issue is, in my estimation, mostly a waste. The Bureau of Justice Statistics found in a 2006 study that over half the prison population in our country has a mental illness — 1.25 million is a staggering number. new balance 2018 Further research suggests that the mentally ill population is two to four times overrepresented in our correction system in the United States. All residents of South Carolina need to wake up to the fact that ignoring these problems will only bring more pain and expense. Mr. Stirling and Gov. vente de newbalance Haley should provide the bold leadership to do what is necessary to reform our corrections system and make South Carolina an exemplar for the rest of the nation.

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