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Wednesday, January 02, 2013

Ind. Decisions - District Court issues decision following bench trial in 8th Amendment case

The ACLU has issued this notice this morning:

ACLU of Indiana to Address U.S. District Court Decision Regarding Inhumane Treatment of Prisoners

Who: American Civil Liberties Union of Indiana, Indiana Protection and Advocacy Services

What: Media availability to discuss U.S. District Court Southern District of Indiana decision, case No. 1:08-cv-01317-TWP-MJD

When: 2:30 p.m. TODAY, Wednesday, January 2, 2013

Why: The U.S. District Court ruled that "The treatment of mentally ill prisoners housed in [Indiana Department of Correction] IDOC segregation units and the New Castle Psychiatric Unit, and the failure to provide adequate treatment for such prisoners, violates the Eighth Amendment's proscription against the imposition of cruel and unusual punishment."

Here is a copy of Judge Tanya Walton Pratt's 37-page, Dec. 31st ruling in Ind. Protection and Advocacy Services Commission v. Commission, IDOC. A quote:
The relief to which the Plaintiffs are entitled is the delivery of mental health care which is within the bounds of the Eighth Amendment. The remedy may be as complex as the evidence of the violation, and Plata is again instructive, just as it was in addressing the merits of the Eighth Amendment claim.

Posted by Marcia Oddi on January 2, 2013 09:25 AM
Posted to Ind Fed D.Ct. Decisions