Criminal Injustice File

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, discredited psychoanalytical/psychosocial theories, 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 – 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 a rule or an order.  Command hallucinations are not about someone just voluntarily obeying a disembodied “voice”.  This is a neurological phenomenon involving the command and control system in the brain coordinating volition and motor activities – it is much more complex, devastating, and involuntary as a neurological dysfunction than most people understand.  Inmates are punished, often harshly for these behaviors.  More fundamentally, people are unjustly convicted for violent and non-violent acts produced by command hallucinations and other neuropsychiatric symptoms of SMI that deprive people of regulatory control.  DueJusticeProject is particularly interested in reports about punishment of symptomatic behaviors.

note: The following link does not involve the criminal justice system, however, DJP has decided that the abuse reported in this story is “worthy” of being on this page:

Parent calls police for help, son taken to jail instead of hospital, dies in custody

Hospital dumps consciousness-disordered woman – in the freezing cold

Police laugh as mentally ill jail inmate dies

*The following story illustrates why DueJusticeProject is opposed to the prevailing model of mental health courts.

Courtroom Suicide – Mental Health Court Drives Woman To Suicide

Man with SMI pinned down to scorching pavement – severely burned

MI prison gouges eyes out – denied treatment

Mentally Ill Held Captive From Treatment – Sheriffs Take Legal Action

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