"On his 70th day in solitary confinement, Billy Owens erupted into a psychotic fit and died at the hands of prison officers. An Oregon State Police investigation determined his death by asphyxiation was an accident."
Most prisons are not equiped to deal with the severely and persistantly mentally ill like Owens. I have written before about the criminalization of mental health which has gone on in this country over the last 30 years. Large numbers of people afflicted with mental illness are now being treated in prisons in the United States.
A careful read of this article which appeared in the Oregonian may make you cry.