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Mental health and the SCDC
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I am not a mental health expert, nor an expert on running corrections facilities, whether they be detention centers, like our county jail, or major institutions such as Wateree Correctional over the Sumter county line. Nevertheless, I was intrigued by the recent news that a South Carolina Circuit Court judge ruled against the S.C. Department of Corrections (SCDC) in a 2005 lawsuit claiming the agency violated the Constitutional rights of mentally ill inmates. The plaintiffs are listed as three detainees, by initials only; “similarly situated” inmates; and a group called Protection and Advocacy for People with Disabilities Inc..

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