A WITF investigation finds that corrections officers use physical force on people who may be unable to comply with orders due to a mental health condition. Most uses of force don’t lead to death. But the practices corrections officers employ every day in Pennsylvania county jails can put prisoners and staff at risk of injury and hurt vulnerable people.
Author Archives: Brett Sholtis
Brett Sholtis is a health reporter for WITF/Transforming Health. Sholtis is the 2021-2022 Reveal Benjamin von Sternenfels Rosenthal Grantee for Mental Health Investigative Journalism with the Rosalynn Carter Fellowships for Mental Health Journalism. His award-winning work on problem areas in mental health policy and policing helped to get a woman moved from a county jail to a psychiatric facility. Sholtis is a University of Pittsburgh graduate and a Pennsylvania Army National Guard Kosovo campaign veteran.