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Use of Force against Inmates with Mental Disabilities in US Jails and Prisons

30 May 2015

On May 12, 2015 the Human Rights Watch published their report on the state of people in America's prisons that have a mental health condition. The 127-page report, “Callous and Cruel: Use of Force against Inmates with Mental Disabilities in US Jails and Prisons,” details incidents in which correctional staff have deluged prisoners with painful chemical sprays, shocked them with powerful electric stun weapons, and strapped them for days in restraining chairs or beds. Staff have broken prisoners’ jaws, noses, ribs; left them with lacerations requiring stitches, second-degree burns, deep bruises, and damaged internal organs. In some cases, the force used has led to their death.

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