Lawsuit Exposes Lack of Mental Health Assistance in the Prison System

I spend a lot of my spare time studying and advocating for crime and prison reform. I’ve never been to prison but it’s something I’m extremely passionate about.

I ran across this story and it really triggered me to want to open up more discussion about what can be done behind bars to not only rehabilitate criminals, but create a pipeline for mental health services that are very much needed both during the entry and residency stages.

After watching the system fail over and over my opinion is it does not a bit of good to send criminals to prison and offer no options to help them navigate both in and outside prison life. Doing the opposite will continue to perpetuate more criminal activity and negligence lawsuits such as this one. I hope this family receives the proper compensation.

There also has to be some kind of clinical medical care provided for substance abuse users. Let’s be honest, drugs are real and people use them. Detox is a crucial phase of rehabilitation.

Why not use our tax dollars to address these issues plaguing the prison system. Doing that will in term rehab the criminals. When we rehab the criminals — down goes the crime. It’s simple math. And a win for us all.

According to CNN – A lawsuit has been filed in Indiana on behalf of a man with a history of schizophrenia and substance abuse who died in 2021 while he was being held in solitary confinement.

The lawsuit filed Wednesday seeks compensatory and punitive damages.

The complaint accuses jailers of putting Joshua McLemore in a small, windowless, padded isolation cell, during his nearly three-week stay at the Jackson County jail where he reportedly suffered from dehydration and malnutrition.

According to the lawsuit, McLemore was in the midst of an “acute mental health crisis” when he was taken to jail.

The lawsuit includes surveillance video from McLemore’s time in jail, showing him naked in a cell that appears to have substances smeared on the walls and floor.

The official autopsy lists McLemore’s immediate cause of death as “multiple organ failure due to refusal to eat or drink with altered mental status due to untreated schizophrenia.”

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Author: brandycavalli

Today's post was by Brandy "Bee" Cavalli. Brandy is an international marketer, freelance writer based in Atlanta, GA.

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