“Jail and prison staff throughout the United States have used unnecessary, excessive, and even malicious force against prisoners with mental disabilities,” stated a press release about a new report from Human Rights Watch.
The 127-page report is called, “Callous and Cruel: Use of Force against Inmates with Mental Disabilities in US Jails and Prisons.” According to the press release, it “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.”
The full report is available at the Human Rights Watch website.
United States: Force Against Prisoners With Mental Illness (Human Rights Watch press release, May 12, 2015)