Imagine being charged with a crime, going to trial, being found not guilty by reason of insanity, but remaining behind bars for years. You are denied access to a psychiatrist to treat your serious mental illness; you grow more acutely ill; and you daily face the threat of violence at the hands of other prisoners.
According to a recent report by a federal court appointed psychiatrist, this nightmare is a reality for at least two men at the Criminal Justice Complex, the jail located in St. Thomas, Virgin Islands. Dr. Kathryn Burns, the chief psychiatrist for the Ohio Department of Corrections, discovered that these men found not guilty by reason of insanity (NGRI) remained locked up at the CJC for years after their criminal verdicts.
And that’s against the law.
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