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“The National Alliance on Mental Illness says the TDCJ’s current system of long-term solitary confinement has been shown to cause mental health disturbances, suicide, depression, paranoia, psychosis and other antisocial behaviors. Greg Hansch, the policy coordinator for NAMI Texas, said it fosters an unsafe environment for both inmates and staff. “Sticking with the status quo is alarming,” Hansch said.”

Source: http://www.kbtx.com/home/headlines/Advocates-Urge-Prison-Officials-to-Reconsider-Death-Row-Isolation-242676051.html

“A dozen advocacy groups — among them, the Texas Defender Service that represents death row convicts, the guards’ union, the Texas Criminal Justice Coalition, the National Alliance on Mental Illness-Texas, the Texas Civil Rights Project, American Civil Liberties Union of Texas, Texas Inmate Family Association and various Catholic and interfaith religious groups — are asking for Texas prison officials to allow contact visits with family members, communal recreation activities between death row prisoners, work assignments, participation in group religious services, TV viewing, arts and crafts, and phone calls to family and attorneys.”

Source: http://www.mystatesman.com/news/news/local/should-texas-death-row-inmates-have-more-privilege/nc6pw/?icmp=statesman_internallink_textlink_apr2013_statesmanstubtomystatesman_launch

“Mental health advocacy organizations such as Mental Health America of Texas and the National Alliance on Mental Illness of Texas likewise have described a pressing need for administrative segregation reform. Administrative segregation has been shown to exacerbate mental health disturbances, assaultive and other antisocial behaviors, and chronic and acute health disorders.[3] Psychological effects can include anxiety, depression, anger, cognitive disturbances, perceptual distortions, obsessive thoughts, paranoia, psychosis[4], and increased risk of suicide[5]. The social difficulties and mental health conditions that are related to administrative segregation can also cause severe problems with reentry and reintegration, contributing to the costly problem of recidivism in Texas. In light of recent the Texas Department of Criminal Justice data indicating a significant increase in the number of individuals with mental illness living in administrative segregation, mental health advocates have pinpointed this as a major concern for Texas communities and Texans living with mental illness.”

Source: http://texasinterfaithcenter.org/article/administrative-segregation-policy-brief

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