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Michigan Women’s Prison Investigated for Abusing Mentally Ill

A letter from the Michigan ACLU to the Michigan Department of Corrections (MDOC) charged that mentally ill prisoners were being abused.  One instance involved the hog tying of a prisoner as punishment.

The July 2015 letter concerned prisoner treatment at the Women’s Huron Valley correctional facility, the state’s only women’s prison, which can house up to 2,143 prisoners.

“Witnesses have reported seeing mentally ill prisoners denied water and food, ‘hog tied’ naked for many hours, left to stand, sit or lie naked in their own feces and urine, denied showers for days, and tasered,” wrote Kary Moss, executive director of ACLU of Michigan.

“One inmate, who pleaded with a guard to help a mentally ill prisoner who was crying naked on the floor and unable to move- because her feet were cuffed to her hands behind her back—was told that her fellow prisoner would have to stay like that for two hours or more, because she had not learned to behave.”



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