Lake View—A Roadmap For Asserting The Rights Of The Jailed Mentally Ill

Source: Bettina Brownstein, University of Arkansas at Little Rock Law Review, Vol. 35 no. 3, Spring 2013

…This essay will first briefly discuss the situation that the mentally ill in Arkansas face while incarcerated. Next, this essay will examine the history of the Arkansas Constitution’s Insanity Article and other laws that impact the mentally ill in Arkansas. The essay will then discuss Lake View as precedent, followed by its application in a suit on behalf of the jailed mentally ill. Finally, the essay will conclude that a Lake View-type of action should have a good chance of success and could bring about a much-needed improvement in the plight of the incarcerated mentally ill in this state….