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Testimony dated June 28, 2021 in support of an act to ensure the constitutional rights and human dignity of prisoners on mental health watch.

Roadmap for Reform, Criminal Justice Reform, Human Rights, Testimony

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A November, 2020 report by the U.S. Department of Justice identified constitutional violations and serious concerns regarding the treatment of individuals experiencing a mental health crisis in Massachusetts prisons, resulting in the Commonwealth having the fourth highest rate of prison suicide in the nation. Significant reform, such as that proposed in S.1283/ H.2089, is needed to address these issues.