Judge: Pepper Spraying And Isolation Violate Rights Of Mentally Ill

The ruling came after the public release of videotapes made by prison guards showing them throwing chemical grenades and pumping large amounts of pepper spray into the cells of mentally ill inmates,
Judge: Pepper Spraying And Isolation Violate Rights Of Mentally Ill

Via Liberaland:

A federal judge declared that California violates the rights of the mentally ill by way of cruel and unusual punishment by way of pepper spraying and isolation.

U.S. District Court Judge Lawrence Karlton in Sacramento gave the corrections department time to issue updated policies on the use of both methods but did not ban them.

He offered a range of options on how officials could limit the use of pepper spray and isolation units when dealing with more than 33,000 mentally ill inmates, who account for 28 percent of the 120,000 inmates in California’s major prisons.

The ruling came after the

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