PBS Short Film Festival

Deadly Jails

Season 2021 Episode 19 | 13m 28s | Video has closed captioning.

Christina Dawn Tahhahwah of the Comanche Nation suffered from mental illness and died in an Oklahoma jail. Brittany Weide, who was bipolar and suffered from addiction, after being incarcerated for sleeping outside and carrying illegal drugs, committed suicide in her cell. Like many states, Oklahoma has no mechanisms in place for handling or treating incarcerated people with mental illness.

Aired: 07/12/21

Expires: 07/12/23

Rating: NR

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