Thursday, January 03, 2013
Ind. Decisions - Still more on: District Court issues decision following bench trial in 8th Amendment case
Indiana has been “deliberately indifferent” to the plight of mentally ill inmates in its state prisons, who amount to nearly a quarter of the system’s population, a federal judge has ruled.
U.S. District Judge Tanya Walton Pratt ruled that the Indiana Department of Correction violated mentally ill prisoners’ constitutional right against cruel and unusual punishment by keeping them separate from other inmates and failing to provide them with adequate treatment.
“The court finds that mentally ill prisoners within the IDOC segregation units are not receiving minimally adequate mental health care in terms of scope, intensity, and duration and the IDOC has been deliberately indifferent,” Pratt wrote.
Pratt did not mandate a remedy in her ruling Monday. Lawyers for both sides are supposed to meet within 45 days to discuss how to correct the problem.
Posted by Marcia Oddi on January 3, 2013 11:01 AM
Posted to Ind Fed D.Ct. Decisions