SC Corrections wants mental health ruling amended

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) - South Carolina's prisons agency is asking a judge to amend his order on the care of mentally ill inmates.

The Greenville News reports the Corrections Department wants Circuit Judge Michael Baxley to take another look at issues that the state's lawyers say weren't properly addressed in his initial ruling.

Earlier this month, Baxley sided with a group of mentally ill inmates who said their treatment violates constitutional standards.

Corrections' attorneys say Baxley's order didn't address defense arguments, like plaintiffs' failure to prove legal standing and the application of the separation of powers doctrine.

Prisons officials have said they planned to appeal Baxley's ruling. Their request Tuesday automatically delays that process until Baxley rules, and the state will then have 30 days to appeal if he denies the initial request

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