Napolitano blames regional failure for prison decree
Extends federal oversight of judicial psychiatric hospitals01 April, 13:28
Napolitano said that regional departments of mental health have not yet "implemented civilized standards" as required to take over management of centres that hold convicted prisoners judged mentally unable to be held responsible for their crimes.
"I signed with great regret the urgent extension," Napolitano said in a statement.
"The regions have not been able to effectively implement the...elementary criteria of civility and respect for the dignity of vulnerable people," he said.
The president added he felt "some relief" that the new bill will continue measures to protect mentally unwell prisoners.