Feds say California jail violates rights of mentally ill

The report released Thursday by the U.S. Department of Justice focused on prisoners with serious mental health issues, especially in the Santa Rita Jail.

Posted: Apr 23, 2021 5:08 PM
Updated: Apr 23, 2021 5:17 PM

LOS ANGELES (AP) - A new federal report says Alameda County in Northern California violated civil rights by failing to provide proper mental health services, especially in a jail where 19 people have committed suicide since 2014.

The report released Thursday by the U.S. Department of Justice focused on prisoners with serious mental health issues, especially in the Santa Rita Jail.

The report said the county fails to provide proper services to those with mental health disabilities and too often isolates them.

Sheriff's Sgt. Ray Kelly says authorities are working on dealing with those issues.

(Copyright 2021 The Associated Press

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