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Suit Seeks Mandatory Discharge Planning for New York Jail Inmates
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This article discusses suit being considered by the New York State Supreme Court on discharge planning for inmates who are mentally ill. In 1999, lawyers representing seven New York City inmates filed a class-action lawsuit known as "Brad H., et al., v. The City of New York, et al.," challenging the city's practice of not
providing discharge planning for mentally ill inmates. They were granted a preliminary injunction requiring the city to provide discharge planning, pending a trial on the class action suit. The city appealed the discharge planning order and was granted a stay. If the plaintiffs lose the appeal the case will go to trial. If they win, the city must provide discharge planning immediately. The eventual decision could be among the most important in the last 20 years concerning the rights of people with serious mental illness. (Authors)
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