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    The Mental Health Rights of Inmates: A History

    Yanofski, J. Prisoners v. Prisons: A History of Correctional Mental Health Rights. Psychiatry 7(10):41-44, 2010. By Lori Whitten, Staff Writer, RTI International, Rockville, MD The history of the prisoners' civil rights movement can be traced to the early 1960s, when an inmate successfully sued a prison for the first time in the United States Supreme Court. In Cooper v. Pate (1964), the inmate, Thomas Cooper, asserted his constitutional right to purchase Muslim reading material. The Cooper ruling...
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    Considerations for Death Row Psychiatry Programs

    Yanofski, J. Setting up a death row psychiatry program. Innovations in Clinical Neuroscience 8(2):19-22, 2011. By Lori Whitten, Staff Writer, RTI International, Rockville, MD Almost half of inmates incarcerated for capital crimes suffered from mental illness prior to their infraction. Jason Yanofski, M.D., argues that correctional institutions with significant death row populations should form teams to establish uniform policies regarding mental health treatment of such inmates. Since 1976, when...
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