The Mental Health Crisis in Prisons

The DEI Podcast with Max Gaston by Max Gaston

Episode notes

What happens to a person's mind when you lock them in a cage no bigger than a parking space? When they’re constantly exposed to dehumanizing, unsanitary, loud, and violent conditions? When red-flags continuously signal their mental decline, but no one cares or tries to help? On this episode of the DEI Podcast, we’re joined by Madison Kemker, an attorney with the Uptown People’s Law Center in Chicago, and one of Notre Dame Law School’s Thomas L. Shaffer public interest fellows. Madison discusses her experiences witnessing the state of mental health services in Illinois prisons. Madison also discusses her advocacy work in Rasho v. Jeffries, a class action lawsuit against the Illinois Department of Corrections alleging that the quality of mental health services in Illinois state prisons is so poor that it violates the Eighth Amendment’s prohibition  ... 

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