Prison agency: Care of mentally ill inmates better

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INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Advocates say Indiana prisons haven't made enough progress in improving conditions for mentally ill inmates following a federal court order, but the state Department of Correction says it's working on special units at four state prisons.

Representatives of a state commission that advocates for the rights of the disabled are scheduled to tour a new unit at Pendleton Correctional Facility on Wednesday.

A federal judge last year found the state had had been "deliberately indifferent" to the plight of mentally ill inmates, who make up a growing portion of the prison population.

Advocates reported a lack of progress to the court last fall, but prison officials say they've made improvements since then.

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