In Arizona, a teenager, Mariam Abdullah, who was being held in solitary confinement at Perryville Prison took her own life. The Department of Corrections notified the prison about her and her condition.
She was serving a three-year sentence for armed robbery. She was found hanging by a bed sheet in her cell.
The Prison Law Office Attorney, Corene Hendrick, said:
"[Abdullah] is not receiving the required programming, unstructured out-of-cell time and mental health services required for adult SMI prisoners housed in max custody. She reports submitting multiple [health needs request forms] asking to speak to mental health staff, and making verbal requests to staff, but the only contacts she is receiving are quick cell-front checks. During our interview, she reported that she experiences auditory and visual hallucinations."
The prison wasn't providing her with any treatment. She was supposed to be allowed to have exercise everyday. She was also supposed to be allowed to speak to a mental health professional.
With the shortages of psychiatrists and hospital beds, many mental health patients are in prison. It is just not a good place for someone who is in an unstable state. Many prisons use the solitary confinement cell to keep the mentally ill patients away from the other inmates.
Here's a few statistics: