Prisons fail to provide mental health care

CRIMINAL JUSTICE | The Federal Bureau of Prisons implemented a new policy to provide better care and oversight for incarcerated individuals with mental health issues in 2014. New data suggest that federal prisons have failed to address the mental health needs of incarcerated individuals. (WaPo, 11/21)

A review of court documents and inmates’ medical records, along with interviews of former prison psychologists, revealed that although the Bureau of Prisons changed its rules, officials did not add the resources needed to implement them, creating an incentive for employees to downgrade inmates to lower care levels.

In an email, the bureau confirmed that mental-health staffing has not increased since the policy took effect.

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– Why the under-representation of Black journalists at print and digital outlets which cover DC is a problem. (WCP, 11/29)

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PUBLIC SAFETY | MoCo Council Approves Grant Funding To Pay for Additional Security at Faith Institutions (Bethesda Beat, 11/28)

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