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Prisons Are Housing Mental Health Patients Who’ve Committed No Crimes

Andrew Butler was a popular kid at Hollis Brookline High School in New Hampshire, an honors student who was captain of the football and wrestling teams. Then, during college, Andrew tore his leg muscles, making even walking to class difficult.…
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North Dakota Prison Officials Think Outside The Box To Revamp Solitary Confinement – NPR

There are slightly more than 2 million people incarcerated in the United States — that's nearly equal to the entire population of Houston. Among those prisoners, thousands serve time in solitary confinement, isolated in small often windowless…
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Webinar: Your Client’s Brain and the Relevancy of Graham and Miller – September 27 at 2:00 PM

Your Client's Brain and the Relevancy of Graham and Miller September 27, 2018, 2:00 p.m. Eastern, 90 minutes Webinar Faculty Jill Pasquarella, Supervising Attorney, Louisiana Center for Children's Rights About the Webinar The…
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Mentally Ill South Florida Man Starved to Death in Prison, Lawsuit Alleges – The Miami New Times

When Vincent Gaines was sentenced to five years in prison on robbery charges in June 2013, state officials recommended he be placed in a mental-health unit because he had regular visual and auditory hallucinations. So Gaines was transferred…
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Police, Race, and the Production of Capital Homicides – Columbia Public Law

Last month, Columbia Law School published a new research paper on racial disparities in capital punishment. Abstract Racial disparities in capital punishment have been well documented for decades. Over 50 studies have shown that Black…
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Understanding the Unique Challenges of Female Incarceration – The Sentencing Project

The number of incarcerated women stands nearly eight times higher than in 1980, with over 200,000 women behind bars. There are over 7,000 girls, predominantly girls of color, in youth confinement around the country. Analyzing female incarceration…
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McCoy v. Louisiana: New Challenges for Defenders, New Risks for the Mentally Ill – The George Washington Law Review

In Florida v. Nixon, Justice Ginsburg wrote for a unanimous Supreme Court that a defense lawyer who conceded his client’s guilt as a strategic tactic was not ineffective because the defendant had remained “unresponsive” to his lawyer’s…
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Some Veterans Worry a PTSD Diagnosis Will Force Them to Choose: Treatment or Their Guns – The Huffington Post

Despite assurance from the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, some veterans worry that diagnosis and treatment of PTSD will result in the government seizing their firearms. Read more.
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Supreme Court to Review Questions About Competency to Be Executed – Equal Justice Initiative

This week, the U.S. Supreme Court announced its decision to review the case of Vernon Madison, on whether he is competent to be executed due to his lack of rational understanding of the crime for which he was convicted. Read more.