Indiana Department of Corrections

Local News
4:27 pm
Wed June 26, 2013

Indiana to Move Some Mentally Ill Inmates to Treatment Center

Indiana Department of Correction officials say they hope to move all of the prison system's seriously mentally ill inmates to one central location designed for their care by January.

Department officials said at a court hearing Wednesday they intend to move seriously ill inmates to a new treatment center at a prison in Pendleton.

A federal judge ruled in December that by simply locking mentally ill prisoners up in their cells without adequate treatment, the department was violating the inmates' constitutional right against cruel and unusual punishment.

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Local News
4:33 pm
Mon June 24, 2013

Hearing Set on Court-Ordered Plans to Help Indiana's Mentally Ill Prisoners

The American Civil Liberties Union of Indiana says the state Department of Correction hasn't done enough to help mentally ill prisoners since a federal judge ordered the agency to improve their treatment.

A judge has ordered the department to discuss its plans in detail at a court hearing Wednesday.

The ACLU says in court documents that the plans the prison agency has filed have been impressive, but little has been done to make the improvements happen.

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