Disability Rights Montana

2015 Legislature
5:15 pm
Thu February 19, 2015

Lawmaker Wants Limits On Solitary Confinement In Montana

Rep. Jenny Eck (D) HD79
Credit Montana Legislature

A Democratic lawmaker wants to put limits on the use of solitary confinement in Montana prisons, but the warden of the men’s prison says it’s the only tool he has for dealing with some prisoners.

Representative Jenny Eck of Helena wants to place limits on how long, and for what reasons, a prisoner can be isolated from other inmates. 

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2015 Legislature
5:30 pm
Tue February 10, 2015

Montana Lawmakers Debate Competing Assisted Suicide Bills

Rep. Brad Tschida (R) HD97
Credit Montana Legislature

In the Montana legislature Tuesday morning, two bills were heard, offering two very different answers to the same question: Does a terminally ill person have a right to die on their own terms, instead of waiting for their illness to run its course, often with much pain, and little dignity?

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Department of Justice
11:07 pm
Wed January 14, 2015

Eck's Bill Would Change Oversight At Warm Springs

Eck's bill would shift one full time position from the state hospital to Montana's Department of Justice
Credit State of Montana

The Montana State Hospital, the state’s only public psychiatric facility, is coming under fire for the way it handles complaints of abuse or neglect. The best known case occurred five years ago, when the state paid $375,000 to settle a complaint by the family of a female patient raped by a convicted sex offender. Democratic lawmaker Jenny Eck of Helena wants the state Department of Justice to handle complaints about the mistreatment of patients

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Corrections
2:06 pm
Tue April 1, 2014

Group sues state over treatment of incarcerated mentally ill

A civil rights organization filed a lawsuit Monday against the state over the treatment of mentally ill inmates at the Montana State Prison and at the Montana State Hospital.

Disability Rights Montana sued seven top officials with both the state Departments of Corrections and Health and Human Services, saying mentally ill inmates are “subjected to a cruel system that exacerbates, rather than treats and ameliorates their mental illness.”

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State Prison
3:20 pm
Fri February 28, 2014

ACLU alleging widespread mistreatment of mentally ill at state prison

  The American Civil Liberties Union of Montana has written a letter to the state alleging widespread mistreatment of mental illness in both the Montana State Prison and state hospital.

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