January 9, 2018
Rhode Island Public Radio
By Lynn Arditi
A not-for-profit prisoners’ rights group is suing Massachusetts Bristol County Sheriff’s Office for holding prisoners with serious mental illness in segregation cells.
The class-action lawsuit filed Tuesday in Bristol County Superior Court, in Fall River, claims that prisoners with mental illness have been locked in cells as small as 6 feet by 9 feet for weeks or months at a time — with little or no mental health care.