Father of Psych Ward Stabbing Victim Says Mental Patients Treated Like 'Prisoners'

January 30, 2015 7:54 PM

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Father of Psych Ward Stabbing Victim Says Mental Patients Treated Like 'Prisoners'

The father of man stabbed to death by his roommate in a southern California hospital psych ward won $3 million in punitive damages this week against the hospital where his son died. But money isn't on his mind.

"Mentally challenged individuals have just as many rights as other people," Joseph Camacho, 79, told ABC News. "Most of the time, they [hospitals] just seem to ignore them and treat them like prisoners instead of a patient."

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