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Callous and Cruel: Use of Force against Inmates with Mental Disabilities in US Jails and Prisons (Human Rights Watch) (2015)

  • Organization: The Human Rights Watch
  • Document Type: Brief/Motion Papers
  • Date Created: Thursday, May 14, 2015
  • Submitted: Thursday, May 14, 2015
  • Attachment(s): LINK

This 127-page report details incidents in which correctional staff have deluged prisoners with painful chemical sprays, shocked them with powerful electric stun weapons, and strapped them for days in restraining chairs or beds. Staff have broken prisoners’ jaws, noses, ribs; left them with lacerations requiring stitches, second-degree burns, deep bruises, and damaged internal organs. In some cases, the force used has led to their death.

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