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Deal reached on treatment of state’s mentally ill inmates

Years after a series of suicides in state prison segregation units, the state Department of Correction has reached a landmark agreement with advocate groups to better care for prisoners with severe mental illnesses.

The agreement, still under seal in US District Court in Boston and awaiting a judge’s final approval, calls for the Department of Correction to maintain two recently created units at high-level security prisons as alternatives to disciplinary segregation for prisoners with mental illness, according to court records and negotiations in a recent court hearing.

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