May 20, 2015

Abuse behind bars

A new report shines light on use of force against mentally ill inmates in US jails.

Excessive and often unnecessary force is being used against mentally ill US prisoners according to Human Rights Watch. A new report contains shocking details of how jail and prison staff abused inmates with tazers and pepper spray. So what can be done to address the mental health of prisoners and still maintain a secure and safe prison environment for everyone?

On this episode of The Stream, we speak with: 

Jamie Fellner @JamieFellner
Senior Adviser, Human Rights Watch

Insung Philip Cho
Former Inmate, Twin Towers Correctional Facility

Gary Harkins
Research & Information Director, American Correctional Officer Intelligence Network

Elli Montgomery
Deputy Director, Mental Health Policy & Advocacy, Cook County Sheriff’s Department

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