defendants

Hundreds of cases on hold as defendants await state mental health assessment

Hundreds of cases on hold as defendants await state mental health assessment

LEXINGTON, Ky. (LEX 18) – Hundreds of people are in limbo, awaiting what could be a critical factor in their criminal cases. The Kentucky Correctional Psychiatric Center (KCPC) is responsible for conducting judge-issued orders for mental health examinations to establish jurisdiction in felony cases. However, their waiting list for assessments has been longer than normal …

Hundreds of cases on hold as defendants await state mental health assessment Read More »

Record number of defendants with mental illness

Record number of defendants with ‘decompensating’ mental illness in Washington prisons

More people with mental illness than ever before are waiting in Washington prisons for court-ordered treatment. Research shows that it makes their illnesses worse. SPOKANE, Wash. — Decades of research show that people with serious mental illness who are imprisoned, especially in solitary confinement, experience a sharp decline in their mental health. But in Washington …

Record number of defendants with ‘decompensating’ mental illness in Washington prisons Read More »