February 20, 2015
by Laura DeGeer
A federal court on Wednesday approved a settlement agreement between the Arizona Department of Corrections (ADC) and the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) in a class action lawsuit over the health care system within Arizona prisons. The agreement requires the ADC to meet more than 100 health ...[read more]
February 13, 2015
by Taylor Brailey
US President Barack Obama on Thursday signed into law the Clay Hunt Suicide Prevention for American Veterans Act in order to combat increasing suicide rates among American veterans suffering form post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). The act was passed by a unanimous Congress and is intended to ...[read more]
January 6, 2015
by Laura DeGeer
Pennsylvania prison officials announced a settlement Tuesday promising specialized treatment for mentally ill inmates. The lawsuit was filed by the Disability Rights Network in March 2013. In an effort to deliver safe and appropriate mental health services, the state has agreed, "to divert inmates ...[read more]
December 12, 2014
by Taylor Brailey
The Northern Ireland Human Rights Commission (NIHRC) announced Wednesday that it plans to file a lawsuit challenging the law against abortions. Ireland's abortion law currently allows abortion only when a woman's physical or mental health is threatened, but NIHRC asserts that the current law is a ...[read more]
December 4, 2014
by Peter Snyder
A three-judge panel of the US Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit on Wednesday halted the execution of a Texas death row inmate allegedly suffering from severe mental illness. The inmate, Scott Panetti, was sentenced to death for the killing of his parents-in-law in 1992. The per curium opinion ...[read more]
September 6, 2014
by Nicholas Tomsho
Geneva-based pan-Arab rights group Alkarama claimed in an open statement to the UN published Friday that Egyptian authorities have been complicit in the torture and sexual abuse of 52 teenage detainees. The rights group brought the cases of the detainees, who range in age from 15 to 18 and were ...[read more]
August 6, 2014
by Nicholas Tomsho
The California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (CDCR) proposed new policies Friday for use of force against mentally ill inmates. The new regulations would require prison guards to consider the mental health status of inmates and their ability to understand commands before resorting ...[read more]
July 10, 2014
by Julie Deisher-Edwards
The Abolitionist Law Center (ALC) filed a lawsuit Tuesday in the US District Court for the Western District of Pennsylvania against several officials in the Pennsylvania Department of Corrections (PADOC), alleging that their sustained use of solitary confinement on State Correctional Institution ...[read more]
July 2, 2014
by Jason Kellam
JURIST Guest Columnist Raymond J. Toney of the Law Offices of Raymond J. Toney discusses the case for Amnesty for soldiers with PTSD who received other than honorable discharges... The wars in Iraq and Afghanistan saw the participation of more than two million American service members. Over 6,500 ...[read more]
April 8, 2014
by Nicholas Tomsho
Lawyers for Shaker Aamer, a Saudi citizen and former UK resident detained at Guantanamo Bay, asked a federal judge on Monday to release him on the grounds that he is suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder and other illnesses. The motion for release claims that "Mr. Aamer's mental and ...[read more]

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