Suit Filed By Family Of Mentally Ill Man Shot Dead By Paterson PoliceThe family of a 39-year-old mentally ill man has filed a wrongful death lawsuit against the City of Paterson, nearly two years after the man was shot and killed by a Paterson police officer.
September Death Of Mentally Ill Rikers Island Inmate Ruled A HomicideThe death of a seriously mentally ill and diabetic inmate who sexually mutilated himself after seven days in a New York City jail cell has been ruled a homicide.
Crown Heights Residents Decry Planned Mental Health Housing On BlockControversy has erupted in Crown Heights, Brooklyn, where a local nonprofit plans to build a facility that will predominantly house people who are mentally ill.
Pataki To Testify In Civil Suit Filed By Convicted Sex OffendersSix ex-cons sued Pataki and other state officials for tens of millions of dollars. The lawsuit accuses the state of abusing its authority eight years ago by transferring the plaintiffs to psychiatric facilities at the end of their prison terms - in effect, summarily extending their sentences without recourse.
City Plans To Handle Mentally Ill Defendants With Treatment Instead Of PrisonCiting statistics showing that people with mental health problems tend to spend extended time behind bars for lack of bail money, officials said they aimed to do better at assessing defendants' psychiatric needs and meeting them in the least restrictive setting that's appropriate.
Ex-Mayor Giuliani Speaks Out In Wake Of Tucson ShootingsFormer New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani said on Sunday that lawmakers should examine gun control and the handling of the mentally ill in the wake of last weekend’s shootings in Tucson.