Langley v. Coughlin,715 F. Supp. 522 (S.D.N.Y. 1989); and Langley v. Coughlin, 709 F. Supp. 482 (S.D.N.Y. 1989), aff’d, 888 F.2d 252 (2d Cir.
This class action regarding the provision of mental health care in the Bedford Hills Correctional Facility resulted in changes in the manner in which mentally ill inmates are disciplined for violation of the prison’s rules of behavior. Prior to this case, mentally ill inmates were typically placed in solitary confinement for disciplinary infractions. This case requires that prior to placement of an inmate who has received mental health treatment in solitary confinement, a determination must be made by a mental health professional that such placement will not exacerbate her mental health problem. Additionally, substantial damages were won by mentally ill women who had been placed in isolation.