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Lawyers for a young New Hampshire man say his incarceration in a prison psychiatric unit violates a law governing emergency medical treatment, but state officials are rebutting that claim.

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A judge has scheduled a trial on a lawsuit filed by The Disabilities Rights Center against New Hampshire corrections officials to obtain records about the death of an inmate with mental illness.

The non-jury trial was scheduled by U.S. District Court Judge Landya McCafferty for March 2019.

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A New Hampshire state prison center that serves families has a new program that provides counseling services to children and incarcerated parents.

Family Ties hopes to strengthen communication among families to increase emotional support and practice coping skills for the child and caregiver. Both will meet with family therapists and the incarcerated parent will participate via the internet or televisiting.

Studies show that many children are traumatized by the loss of a parent to prison.

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New Hampshire prison officials have begun providing records to a disabilities rights organizations investigating suspected abuse or neglect in the death of an inmate with mental illness.

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Late last year, a 34-year-old man died alone in his cell at the state prison for men in Concord. He was in the prison's residential treatment unit, which houses inmates with a mental illness who are unable to function in the general inmate population. Now the Disability Rights Center New Hampshire has filed a lawsuit in federal court trying to get access to Phillip Borcuk's records and documents related to the investigation into his death. 

DRC staff attorney Andrew Milne joins Peter Biello to talk about the case. 

Sununu Seeks to Hire From Within for Corrections Chief

Oct 25, 2017
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Governor Chris Sununu Wednesday nominated the No. 2 person at the state Department of Corrections to run the agency.

But the nominee still has to get approved by the Executive Council.