Federal Court in Washington State Rules Long Delays in Mental Health Servies for Individuals in Jail Violate the Consitution

December 22, 2014 — Today, a federal court ruled that the persistent delays in the provision of court-ordered competency evaluation and restoration services to pre-trial detainees incarcerated in jails violates constitutional due process rights. “This ruling is an important confirmation that the constitution protects everyone, including people with mental illness.  To comply with the constitution, the state may only deprive individuals with mental illness of their liberty before a criminal trial if the state provides the care and treatment needed to evaluate and restore those individuals to mental competence,”  said Sarah Dunne, ACLU of Washington legal director.

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Federal Court in Washington State Rules Long Delays in Mental Health Servies for Individuals in Jail Violate the Consitution

December 22, 2014 — Today, a federal court ruled that the persistent delays in the provision of court-ordered competency evaluation and restoration services to pre-trial detainees incarcerated in jails violates constitutional due process rights. “This ruling is an important confirmation that the constitution protects everyone, including people with mental illness.  To comply with the constitution, the state may only deprive individuals with mental illness of their liberty before a criminal trial if the state provides the care and treatment needed to evaluate and restore those individuals to mental competence,”  said Sarah Dunne, ACLU of Washington legal director.

To read the full original article, click here.

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