Use of Force against Inmates with Mental Disabilities in US Jails and Prisons

Mental Health Task Force Update

This week Human Rights Watch released a report that is very relevant to the work of the Mental Health Task Force: Use of Force against Inmates with Mental Disabilities in US Jails and Prisons. “This 127-page report details incidents in which correctional staff have deluged prisoners with painful chemical sprays, shocked them with powerful electric stun weapons, and strapped them for days in restraining chairs or beds. Staff have broken prisoners’ jaws, noses, ribs; left them with lacerations requiring stitches, second-degree burns, deep bruises, and damaged internal organs. In some cases, the force used has led to their death.”

Here is a link to the report - http://www.hrw.org/reports/2015/05/12/callous-and-cruel

Barbara Beckert, Milwaukee Office Director: DISABILITY RIGHTS WISCONSIN
6737 W. Washington St., Suite 3230 Milwaukee, WI 53214
414–773–4646 Ext 15 Voice
414–773–4647 Fax
barbara.beckert@drwi.org

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