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Indiana prison officials to outline plans for mentally ill

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Wednesday, June 26, 2013 - 8:00 am

INDIANAPOLIS — A judge is scheduled to hear officials from the Indiana Department of Correction explain how they plan to comply with a court order compelling them to improve the treatment of mentally ill prisoners.

U.S. District Judge Tanya Walton Pratt scheduled a hearing for Wednesday and ordered the Indiana Department of Correction to explain its "precise plans" for improving the treatment of mentally ill prisoners.

The American Civil Liberties Union of Indiana had argued the state doesn't seem to be taking the situation seriously and the plans it has discussed so far are vague.

Pratt ruled Dec. 31 that by simply locking mentally ill prisoners up in their cells without adequate treatment, the state system was violating the inmates' constitutional right against cruel and unusual punishment.