Mass. bill bars extended confinement of mentally ill inmates

A new bill would prevent the solitary confinement of mentally ill inmates for more than 30 days


By C1 Staff

BOSTON, Mass. — A new bill would prevent the solitary confinement of mentally ill inmates for more than 30 days.

H 4545 also requires the corrections commissioner to establish programs in Department of Corrections facilities for treatment of inmates with mental illness; requires department staff who work in secure treatment and residential treatment  units to receive mental health training; and allows the commissioner to transfer any inmate to a segregated unit if the inmate is “detrimental” to the program and has been screened by a qualified mental health professional, reports WWLP.

The legislation is sponsored by Rep. Ruth Balser and would cost $13 million when fully implemented.

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