Prison Tips


Mental Health Care in the Bureau of Prisons

By Alan Ellis and Mark Allenbaugh

Published by The National Trial Lawyers, April 13, 2017. Reprinted with permission.

Bureau of Prisons policies are complex and difficult to understand—even defense lawyers find them taxing particularly so when it comes to medical and mental health issues. Clients and families are more often than not lost in the bureaucratic maze of terminology and regulations, and they turn to their lawyers for explanations. In earlier articles (“BOP Designations Based on Medical Need,” Criminal Justice, Fall 2008 and “BOP Healthcare: What You (and Your Clients) Need to Know,” Criminal Justice, Winter 2009), Mr. Ellis discussed medical care in the Bureau of Prisons. This article is intended for the attorney to understand and be able to provide clients and their families and friends information regarding mental health treatment in the Bureau of Prisons.

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About Alan Ellis
Alan Ellis is a criminal defense lawyer with offices in San Francisco and New York, with 50 years of experience as a practicing lawyer, law professor and federal law clerk. He is a nationally recognized authority in the fields of federal plea bargaining, sentencing, prison matters, appeals, habeas corpus 2255 motions and international criminal law.

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