“Prisons in America: Nebraska Sued For Overcrowded Lockups, Guards Who Send Suicidal Inmates to Solitary Confinement” -Newsweek

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” California has been sued over with its crowded prisons in litigation analogous to the lawsuit filed Wednesday against the Nebraska Department of Corrections. Isaac Reeves was 16-years-old when he entered the Nebraska prison system in 2013, just where his depression, and psychotic symptoms forced him into an not possible situation: Prison staff responded to Reeves’ suicidal thoughts and acts with restraints and isolation that worsened his mental health. Civil-rights lawyers on Wednesday sued the Nebraska Department of Corrections, claiming the “Cornhusker State” prison system is overcrowded and understaffed and that inmates care for Reeves are deprived of their constitutional right to physical and mental healthcare.

Hundreds of inmates rioted at Tecumsah State Correctional Institution in May 2015 at the end of many inmates tried to have access to the administration to pay attention to their complaints about solitary confinement, and overcrowding, according to the Lincoln Journal Star. “Nebraska state prisons are in a state of chaos that endangers the health, safety and lives of prisoners and staff alike on a daily basis,” states the lawsuit, which was filed Wednesday by plaintiffs led by the ACLU of Nebraska. Daily Emails, and Alerts – Get the optimal ever of Newsweek delivered to your inbox The state’s failure to prevent inmate suicides is a major focus of the lawsuit. Meanwhile, a 2016 Department of Justice report found that the fatal suicide rate in Nebraska prisons is 30 percent higher than the national average, for state prisons.

REUTERS/Lucy Nicholson Nebraska has one of the almost all overcrowded prison systems in the country, says Michael Bien, one of the private attorneys who filed the lawsuit….Read The Full Article Here

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