Mom Sues Over Son's Psychiatric Prison Treatment

Joanne Minich says her mentally ill son has been restrained for long periods at Bridgewater State Hospital.
3:00 | 04/01/14

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This is Peter minute with his mother about five years ago. This is Peter today and Bridgewater state hospital where is -- in the -- being kept in isolation 6300. Hours since arriving just over a year ago. Diagnosed as a paranoid schizophrenic he hears voices receives no mental health services and hasn't been outside since he arrived he's. Balance between 7880%. Of its time either in seclusion rooms and isolation or mechanical strain that's according to their figures and I think that law. His mother watching his rapid deterioration finally spoke up after the death of another mentally ill inmate while being forced into restraints. And I thought. Could -- be happening in my son's well I -- in -- getting a phone call saying he's dead in on that. You know we just. I just can't stand by and do -- think. -- is original crying he was charged with throwing a chair and punching caregivers and another state facility. The pile of documents listing why he's kept in restraints in solitary confinement is nearly two feet high. Yelling bothering another patient standing on -- -- In one case he was assaulted by another patient and they put. Peter into seclusion and isolation -- that by law mentally ill patients aren't allowed to be incarcerated unless charged with a crime. Peter -- is still awaiting trial on assault easy way to get around that he charge them with crimes that you know they can't possibly be convicted for. Because of their mental illness obviously is ill this as a result of this illness how can you. Press charges against somebody that's -- you -- your care and throw them into a prison.

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