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Connecticut Settles Mental Health Suit

On May 22, 1995, the state of Connecticut agreed to settle a lawsuit challenging the quality of mental health care it provides to its prisoners.

Edward Roe and class of other prisoners sued Connecticut prison officials alleging that the mental health services provided by prison officials violated the Eighth and Fourteenth Amendment of the U.S. Constitution and Rehabilitation Act. Prison officials agreed to settle.

As part of the settlement, prison officials agreed to increase staffing levels in its mental health unit with one psychologist, two psychiatric nurse clinicians, three psychiatric social workers, and other medical staff. In addition, prison officials agreed to provide non-prisoner translators for non-English speaking Prisoners, and to permit site inspections by the plaintiffs’ expert witnesses.

The prisoners were represented by the American Civil Liberties Union of Connecticut and the ACLU National Prison Project. See: Roe v. Meachum, USDC, D. Conn., No. 3:93CV-375 (May 22, 1995).

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Roe v. Meachum

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