Solitary confinement of mentally ill inmates subject of class-action lawsuit

Updated at 11:20 a.m. on Oct. 28, 2019

PROVIDENCE – On behalf of incarcerated Rhode Islanders with mental illnesses, attorneys on Friday filed a class-action lawsuit against the R.I. Department of Corrections for its persistent use of solitary confinement as a punishment. The lawsuit accuses the state of inhumane treatment and violation of federal law that protects individuals with disabilities, describing conditions for…

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