For Mentally Ill, Too Often Prison Means Solitary, Neglect and Even Death

When Patti Jones answers the phone, the energetic whirlwind immediately plunges into a story she’s told many times over – and is willing to tell as many times as it takes. Her nephew, Tony Lester, killed himself while in the custody of the Arizona department of corrections (ADC) in 2010, triggering a wrongful death suit, pressure for statewide reforms on the handling of mentally ill prisoners, and a trip to Washington to participate in congressional hearings on solitary confinement practices in American prisons.

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For Mentally Ill, Too Often Prison Means Solitary, Neglect and Even Death

When Patti Jones answers the phone, the energetic whirlwind immediately plunges into a story she’s told many times over – and is willing to tell as many times as it takes. Her nephew, Tony Lester, killed himself while in the custody of the Arizona department of corrections (ADC) in 2010, triggering a wrongful death suit, pressure for statewide reforms on the handling of mentally ill prisoners, and a trip to Washington to participate in congressional hearings on solitary confinement practices in American prisons.

To read the full original article, click here.

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