Sgt. Travis Reese feels much more comfortable going to work as a South Carolina corrections officer now. "I'm at ease now," he said. Reese was one of 26 South Carolina corrections officers who underwentMore >>
Sgt. Travis Reese feels much more comfortable going to work as a South Carolina corrections officer now.More >>
A judge has ruled against the South Carolina Department of Corrections in a 2005 lawsuit alleging the violation of the constitutional rights of mentally ill inmates.Circuit Court Judge Michael Baxley issuedMore >>
A judge has ruled against the South Carolina Department of Corrections in a 2005 lawsuit alleging the violation of the constitutional rights of mentally ill inmates.More >>
By MEG KINNARD Associated Press
COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) - South Carolina prisons have reached an agreement with an advocacy group over how to reform the care of mentally ill inmates.
The Department of Corrections announced Thursday it had reached a preliminary agreement with Protection and Advocacy for People with Disabilities on a plan to establish benchmarks for settling a decade-old case.
Talks have been ongoing since last year, when a judge sided with inmates who sued the agency in 2005. Alleged constitutional violations included a lack of effective counseling and too much use of tactics like isolation and force to subdue mentally ill prisoners.
In her executive budget, Gov. Nikki Haley recommended over $4 million in recurring support to expand Corrections' capacity to diagnose and treat mentally ill inmates, provide onsite medical services and establish remote supervision.
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