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Lawyer: Mentally Ill Inmate Being 'Tortured'

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Last December, the state of Illinois tentatively agreed to settle a class action lawsuit over the treatment of prisoners with mental illness. But changes to mental health at the Department of Corrections have been slow in coming, in part because Illinois has gone more than 9 months without a budget.

Among the plaintiffs in the lawsuit is Patrice Daniels. His lawyers, including Alan Mills of the Uptown People’s Law Center, recently learned Daniels has been placed on “crisis watch."

Mills went to visit Daniels Tuesday at Stateville Correctional Center, and he joins us now.

Brian Mackey formerly reported on state government and politics for NPR Illinois and a dozen other public radio stations across the state. Before that, he was A&E editor at The State Journal-Register and Statehouse bureau chief for the Chicago Daily Law Bulletin.
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