New prison regulations for mentally ill inmates
The Public Health, Welfare and Safety Committee heard a bill to revise criminal justice system laws related to mental illness.
The bill changes requirements for parole and conditions for release, bail, and sentencing if an inmate is mentally ill. It will also revise the definition of what is deemed a mental illness. Those suffering from a mental illness will receive proper care and treatment.
Prisons must also staff a trained professional who can help treat a person with a mental illness. Proponents of the bill say many prisoners with mental illnesses are currently going untreated.
Story by Kelley Smith, Beartooth NBC.
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