|Florida prison officials hire ombudsman|
|News - St Augustine Area & St Johns County|
MIAMI — Florida prison officials said Friday that they’re hiring an ombudsman to oversee the treatment of mentally ill inmates in the wake of widespread abuse allegations and cover-ups.
Between 15 and 20 percent of Florida’s 100,000 prisoners have been diagnosed with a mental health condition that requires treatment. The ombudsman will work with about 1,000 inmates with severe mental illness who are admitted to inpatient units. Secretary Mike Crews said the agency also is beefing up crisis intervention training to help guards working with mentally ill prisoners.
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