After 30 years, a New Hampshire man’s case could change practice of transferring non-criminal psychiatric patients to prison

Douglas Butler was confused. He thought his son, Andrew Butler, had been transferred to another, more secure psychiatric hospital. But when he drove to the address of the secure psychiatric unit on the outskirts of New Hampshire’s capital of Concord, he couldn’t see anything that resembled a hospital.

Instead, he saw the coils of razor wire and imposing walls of the New Hampshire state prison for men.

The treatment he has received is cruel and unusual punishment without having been convicted of a crime.

You could find yourself stuck there for months or years longer than anybody thinks you need to be there.

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