For a bingo game, it was restrained.
No one leapt from their seats. They were chained to the table legs. Winners didn’t throw up their hands. They were cuffed.
And while a dozen players sat at tables, four worked their cards while seated in cages the size of bathroom stalls.
The setting was the State Correctional Institution Greene’s new Diversionary Treatment Unit, or DTU, a 24-man block that houses the worst-behaved of the mentally ill prisoners at the highest-level penitentiary in Pennsylvania.
The treatment of mentally ill convicts in prisons, and then the follow-up when they are released, devours increasing amounts of attention and money in the state and many counties.
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