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State loses case over legal protections for workers who enter prisons

State-employed mental health professionals who work in jails and prisons are exposed to some of the same occupational hazards as corrections officers, but a new appellate ruling gives guards greater protection. The disparity surfaced in a South Carolina Court of Appeals decision that reversed a bipolar inmate’s conviction for threatening the life of a public official, ...

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