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NEWS
November 14, 1990 | DAVID G. SAVAGE, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The Supreme Court on Tuesday overturned the death sentence of a mentally disturbed murderer who was being forcibly medicated by Louisiana prison officials so that he could be executed. The case of Michael Owen Perry has been the most closely watched death penalty case of the current term because it tested the willingness of the court's dominant conservatives to uphold executions.
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NEWS
July 15, 1990 | From Times staff and Wire reports
Hundreds of current and former asylum patients from across the nation marched and sang in Pittsburgh, Pa., to protest discrimination against the mentally ill and inhumane treatment methods. "We're declaring that we will not take abuse any longer--forced drugging, shock treatments that rob you of your power," said Caroline Hailer, 25, of Charleston, W. Va. "We're just as good as anybody else." Organizers declared it National Mental Patients' Rights Day.
OPINION
July 12, 2013 | By The Times editorial board
After a long and shameful history, California finally banned the forced sterilization of prison inmates and mental patients in the 1970s; two decades later, the state put safeguards in place to make sure the practice didn't resume. But a new report by the Center for Investigative Reporting suggests that despite those laws, at least 148 female inmates underwent tubal ligations between 2006 and 2010 without the required approval by state medical officials. Many of the women who were sterilized while housed at the California Institution for Women in Corona and Valley State Prison for Women in Chowchilla said they were coerced into agreeing to the procedure, according to the report.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 29, 1997 | HOPE HAMASHIGE
Leonard James Patton pleaded guilty Monday to the 1994 murder of a Huntington Harbour woman and was ordered to serve a life sentence in a state mental hospital. His family, many of whom attended Monday's hearing in Orange County Superior Court, had tried more than three years ago--before the killing--to have Patton committed to a mental institution but was unsuccessful. Superior Court Judge John J.
NEWS
May 19, 1996 | JOHN FLESHER, ASSOCIATED PRESS
There was a time when a diagnosis of paranoid schizophrenia probably would have kept John Segreto in a mental institution for life. But development of anti-psychotic drugs in the 1950s and the "deinstitutionalization" movement two decades later changed that. The new thinking was that most mental patients, with proper medication and treatment, could live at home or in outpatient centers. It was "a flop," says Richard Greer, forensic psychiatrist with the University of Florida.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 14, 2010 | By Lee Romney
A 50-year-old patient at Patton State Hospital has died after hanging himself in his bedroom, officials say, the eighth suicide at the San Bernardino psychiatric facility since the federal government began investigating potential violations of patients' civil rights at state-run mental hospitals in 2002. The Jan. 4 death of Marc Biron, who was described by one fellow patient as "friendly and kind to people," is the third since a consent judgment mandating a wide array of changes was imposed on the hospital in May 2006.
BUSINESS
May 30, 1990 | LESLIE BERKMAN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Unable to withstand heavy competition and continuing losses, Midwood Community Hospital in Stanton has stopped admitting medical and surgical patients and is expanding its psychiatric services. Robert I. Mawhinney, Midwood administrator, said Tuesday that the 110-bed hospital shut down its general surgical and medical operations early this month and is now exclusively treating the mentally ill.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 20, 1994 | From Associated Press
A former janitor who shot and killed seven people in a 1976 rampage in the library at Cal State Fullerton was denied release from a state psychiatric hospital by a judge Tuesday. Superior Court Judge James Jackman denied a petition by Edward Charles Allaway to have his treatment program declared unconstitutional. But the judge ordered officials at Atascadero State Hospital to develop a new treatment program for Allaway, who was found innocent of the murders by reason of insanity.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 10, 1989 | STEVEN R. CHURM, Times Staff Writer
Decrying the shortage of mental health services in Orange County, the Board of Supervisors on Tuesday agreed to sue the state in an effort to obtain additional beds that officials contend are sorely needed to treat mentally ill patients. County health-care advocates praised the decision to file suit as a significant departure from the way the county has dealt with the state and its method of funding health-care programs. For years, Orange County has ranked among the lowest of California's 58 counties in per capita spending by the state on local health and welfare programs.
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