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County Jail Now Has An Acute Mental Health Unit

Sep 29, 2020
Westchester County jail
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There’s now a special housing unit at a county jail in New York’s Hudson Valley to support mental health treatment.

Thousands of pregnant women pass through our nation’s jails every year. What happens to them as they carry their pregnancies in a space of punishment? In this time when the public safety net is frayed, incarceration has become a central and racialized strategy for managing the poor.

In her book Jailcare, Carolyn Sufrin explores how jail has, paradoxically, become a place where women can find care. Carolyn Sufrin is a medical anthropologist and an obstetrician-gynecologist at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine.

Jail cell
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For the second time in four weeks, corrections officers were attacked and injured by prisoners at Green Haven Correctional Facility in Stormville.

The Sullivan County district attorney says a grand jury has declined to indict guards at a maximum-security prison in upstate New York where an inmate died in an April confrontation.