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Trial Coverage: Week 3

March 2, 2012: On the 15th day of the trial, defense counsel for the South Carolina Department of Corrections called its first witness. Pamela Whitley testified about mental health policies, procedures, and changes she has made since she was originally hired in 2008 as Director of Audits and Training, as well as since her promotion to Director of Mental Health for SCDC last year.

March 1, 2012: Dr. Raymond Patterson, forensic psychiatrist, was cross-examined by defense counsel for SCDC. Defense counsel Andrew Lindemann cross examined Dr. Patterson on behalf of SCDC.  SCDC Counsel began his cross by questioning Dr. Patterson about a previously introduced Department of Justice document, which identified deficiencies in health care provided at SCDC. Read more...

Feb. 29, 2012: Dr. Raymond Patterson, forensic psychiatrist, continued his direct testimony for the Plaintiffs on Wednesday, Feb. 29, 2012. Dr. Patterson detailed many of what he called “the failings” of the Department of Corrections in South Carolina (SCDC). Among them were deficiencies in how corrections officers are trained to treat and handle mentally ill inmates. As referenced by one of the SCDC trainers, training for that purpose is sometimes offered, but appears to be voluntary and sparsely attended, mostly by upper echelon officers, not those who most often come into contact with the inmates. Read more...

Feb. 28, 2012: Dr. Raymond Patterson, forensic psychiatrist, continued his direct testimony for the Plaintiffs on Tuesday, Feb. 28, 2012. Dr. Patterson testified about the comparisons he made between national standards and SCDC conditions, in which S.C. does not fare well. Read more...

Feb. 27, 2012: After a week in recess, testimony resumed Monday, Feb. 27, 2012, with Plaintiffs calling Dr. Raymond Patterson, a forensic psychiatrist from Washington, D.C., with more than 30 years of experience in his field. Dr. Patterson first inspected the S.C. Department of Corrections in 1999 on a grant from the United States Justice Department. Dr. Patterson has monitored prison mental health systems throughout the United States. Dr. Patterson has conducted numerous inspections at South Carolina prisons, and he has interviewed dozens of inmates and staff in his review of the S.C. Department of Corrections' mental health system. Read more...