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A psychiatric ward on death row? It's enough to drive you insane.
A psychiatric ward on death row? It's enough to drive you insane.

After a court-appointed monitor of mental health for California's state prisons told a panel of judges that about three dozen inmates on death row were so mentally ill that they required 24-hour care, state prison officials announced that they would build a 40-bed hospital at San Quentin to house them. "This is the only place on Earth where you'd be talking about building a psychiatric hospital for condemned prisoners," UC Berkeley law professor Franklin Zimring told Times reporter Paige St. John. "It is a measure of American greatness and American silliness at the same time.... We are curing them to make them executable." The U.S. Supreme Court ruled in...

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