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Vt. to pay man held in jail instead of hospital

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More evidence Thursday of the strains on Vermont's mental health system since the closing of the state hospital in Waterbury. The state of Vermont will pay a mentally ill man $35,000 after holding him in jail instead of in a hospital.

Randall Corkins spent a week at the Southern State Correctional Facility in Springfield in 2012 after a judge ordered a psychiatric evaluation for him. There were no hospital beds available.

Disability Rights Vermont says Corkins was pepper-sprayed and subjected to other force during his time in jail because his mental illness prevented him from following officers' commands.

The settlement calls for the Corrections Department to alert Disability Rights Vermont when it uses force against patients during non-emergency situations.

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