Letters to the Editor

Barbara B. Smith: Treatment of mentally ill inmates must change

Regarding the Nov. 9 news article “ State locks down info on inmate death”: There’s a word for how Michael Anthony Kerr was treated in prison – torture. I want to express my gratitude to his fellow inmate, David Chambers, for being a witness and telling the story that others in power tried to hide and to the reporters at The N&O for bringing the story to light.

We must change the way we treat people with severe mental illness, both in and out of prison.

Barbara B. Smith