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A Victory for the Eighth Amendment – The Atlantic

Yesterday, the U.S. Supreme Court issued its ruling in Moore v. Texas. In a 5-3 decision, the Court ruled in favor of Bobby James Moore, a death row inmate who challenged Texas' method for determining intellectual disability. The Court ruled…
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Officials Ruled Inmate’s ‘Boiling’ Death an Accident: But Documents Show They Omitted Key Details – The Huffington Post

Earlier this month, Katherine Fernandez Rundle, the State Attorney for the Eleventh Judicial Circuit, announced that correctional officers would not be criminally charged with the 2012 death  of Darren Rainey, a severely mentally ill inmate…
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The Scariest Part Of Working In A Prison Isn’t The Inmates – The Thought Catalog

A substance abuse counselor for a prison explains how trauma and mental illness influences mass incarceration. Read more.
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John Hinckley Left the Mental Hospital Seven Months Ago – New York Magazine

In 1982, John Hinckley was tried for an assassination attempt on President Ronald Reagan. On June 21, a jury found him not guilty by reason of insanity and Hinckley was confined to a psychiatric care institution until his release in 2016, when…
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Deaf, Mute and Accused of Murder, an Undocumented Immigrant Has Been in Legal Limbo for 12 Years – The Washington Post

Oswaldo Martinez is accused of raping and murdering a 16-year-old in 2005. However, due to his extremely limited ability to communicate—Martinez has been deaf and mute since birth—he has been declared incompetent to stand trial. Despite…
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Florida Ranks 49th in Mental Health Services – WESH 2 News

Despite a new report that Florida ranks 49th in the country for mental health services, legislators are considering a $50 million budget cut. Watch the report.
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After Inmate With Schizophrenia Dies In Shower, Fla. Prosecutor Finds No Wrongdoing – NPR

Darren Rainey, who suffered from severe schizophrenia, was locked in a shower stall at Dade Correctional Institution's transitional care unit (TCU) in 2012. Left unattended for two hours, Rainey died. Nearly five years later, Eleventh Judicial…