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State Drops Appeal In Coleman Prison Case

Stephen Worrell, flickr
 

Stephen Worrell, flickr

The long running Coleman case alleges that the mental health system operated by the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation is unconstitutional.

The state filed a motion to terminate the case in 2013, but was denied. The state appealed the decision to the US Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals. But in a statement CDCR says significant progress has been made in delivering quality mental health care to inmates so all parties have agreed to dismiss the appeal and work toward a solution. 

The state has been able to negotiate agreements with plaintiffs on several issues, such as use of force on mentally ill inmates. However the legal case will likely continue for several more years.