This page was created to compile links to media stories documenting the abuse of SMI citizens in the courts, jails, and prisons. The proverbial broken “mental health” system did not put these human beings in jails and prisons, – Due Process put them there. Across this nation, in every state and county, people with devastating neuropsychiatric disorders are being held captive from medical treatment awaiting “competency restoration” (which should never be conflated with medical care), sometimes, for weeks, months, and in some cases much longer. Lawsuits have been deployed against state departments of health for unconstitutional delays in “competency services” on the basis that these delays impeded the right to a speedy trial. The lawsuits seek to supply the criminal justice system with more “forensic beds”. The organizations launching these lawsuits need to get some religion – so to speak. The wrong entities are being sued for the wrong reasons. The law and criminal justice system use shady terminologies at every juncture to evade recognition of SMIs and their behavioral consequences. Folk psychology and ancient notions about good and evil are the intellectual informants of our revered legal system.
Advocates and people who simply care about injustice are welcome to send links to firstname.lastname@example.org – or, paste a link into a comment form following the most recent blog post.
People with neuropsychiatric disorders, especially Schizophrenia are acutely vulnerable to institutional abuse in prisons and jails. People with this disorder can be impaired in their capacity to follow orders. Their behaviors can anger corrections staff. In Schizophrenia, a command hallucination can cause someone to violate or disobey an order. A command hallucination is a neurological phenomenon involving the command and control system in the brain coordinating volition and motor activities. Compliance is not understood by neuroscientists, but it is likely involuntary. Inmates have been punished, often harshly for these behaviors. DueJusticeProject is particularly interested in reports about punishment of symptomatic behaviors.
Man with SMI pinned down to scorching pavement – severely burned
MI prison gouges eyes out – denied treatment
Jail detainee in Pennsylvania County awaits 5 months for “treatment”
Lawsuit against Bristol County Jail – Mistreatment of Neuropsychiatric Disordered Inmates
FBI ensnares young man with SMI
Mentally Ill Prisoners Subjected to Medieval Treatment
MI man stunned with tazer multiple times
Multnomah County’s Jail is a Devastating Place for Mentally Ill
Mentally ill inmates need for medical care not met
Mentally Ill Man Strapped to Chair for 46 Hours, Dies
Guards drive inmate to suicide
Guards watch as inmate hangs himself
Father’s pain -Guards abuse mentally ill son
Mentally ill prisoner deprived of hydration
Mentally ill inmate scalded to death by guards
Abusive guards convicted
Unconstitutionally long waits for “competency evaluations”
Guard attacks, beats mentally ill prisoner
Jail Guards Convicted of Beating Mentally Ill Inmate to Death