Resource: William G. v. Pataki

By: The Bazelon Center

January 1, 2017

William G. v. Pataki was filed on behalf of parolees with serious mental illnesses and substance abuse problems who are languishing in jail, waiting for state-funded treatment services to become available. The parolees are being held in New York City jails for alleged technical violations of their parole, such as a failure to show up for an appointment with their parole officer or committing misdemeanors while on parole. State officials have told them that they can be released for treatment, but not enough treatment facilities exist to help them.