100,000 View, Milestone Surpassed! Thank You!

100,000 Views Milestone Surpassed!

Thank you to all of our followers and to those that share our website.  We have been spreading and more Montanans are wanting to help others.  More voices are speaking up on the truth, so the truth can be heard.  The system has spread their agenda for too long.  Citizens are standing up to be the voices of those that have no voice.  The parole board cannot try to use the flimsy excuse that these are just a few people that are inmates family’s. That is just not so, it is not the truth. There are thousands.  Just look at the Barry Beach Case.  More and more departments are looking into how the whole system is being operated.  As well as it should be.  When the government know longer listens to the outcry of thousands that are complaining of the same thing, that is when it is time to elect new ones.  Something smells very rotten and it’s time to get to the bottom of it! 

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Colton Wilson – Concerns For The Mentally Disabled

 

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Just an FYI for Montanans.  We have been following this young man’s story for a few years now.  We will be issuing a follow up story soon.   Issues like this need to change in Montana!

Colton Wilson – Concerns For The Mentally Disabled.

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Brutal Treatment Of Prisoners With Mental Illness Proven With Videos

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A still of the troubling footage captures Denver City Jail corrections officers using excessive force to restrain Moreno, who posed no sign of discernible threat (Photo:The Colorado Independent).

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Recently obtained videos which have been exposed to the public show corrections officers using extreme force on incarcerated people suffering from various forms of mental illness.

Attack on a Suicidal Man at Denver City Jail

Footage of one such video (shown below), taken in September of last year and later obtained by The Colorado Independent through an open records request, shows a team of corrections officers using force on Isaiah Moreno, who had been suicide watch at the Denver City Jail.

The graphic video shows Moreno repeatedly slamming his head against a concrete wall and pacing in his isolation cell.  A team of officers toting restraint equipment is seen assembling outside his cell door – seemingly to stop him from harming himself – where they remain for several minutes as the man continues to bang his head into his cell wall. According to The Colorado Independent:

 

The Colorado Independent further notes that episodes like this one are not uncommon in Denver’s jails.

 

A Beating at Rikers Island

A recent story by The New York Times details a report on brutality by corrections officers at Rikers Island, New York City’s main jail, from the Department of Health and Mental Hygiene, stating:

The study, which the health department refused to release under the state’s Freedom of Information Law, found that over an 11-month period last year, 129 inmates suffered “serious injuries” — ones beyond the capacity of doctors at the jail’s clinics to treat — in altercations with correction department staff members.

The report cataloged in exacting detail the severity of injuries suffered by inmates: fractures, wounds requiring stitches, head injuries and the like. But it also explored who the victims were. Most significantly, 77 percent of the seriously injured inmates had received a mental illness diagnosis..…

What emerges is a damning portrait of guards on Rikers Island, who are poorly equipped to deal with mental illness and instead repeatedly respond with overwhelming force to even minor provocations.

The report notes that health department staff members interviewed 80 of the 129 inmates after their altercations with correction officers. In 80 percent of the cases, inmates reported being beaten after they were handcuffed.

The study also contained hints of efforts to cover up the assaults. More than half of the inmates reported facing “interference or intimidation” from correction officers while seeking treatment after an altercation.

In five of the 129 cases, the beatings followed suicide attempts. 

Among the 129 instances of guard brutality, a particularly disturbing case captured by video camera surveillance (shown below) involved prisoner Jose Bautista, who at the time suffered from mental illness. Bautista was beaten by guards after attempting suicide by hanging himself by his underwear.

The Times reports:

In many of the cases examined by The Times , the guards’ responses seemed to grossly outweigh the perceived offense. The altercation involving Mr. Bautista early last year is especially puzzling.

After the four guards cut him down from his makeshift noose, he lay prone on the floor of the cell for nearly a minute but then suddenly stood up. Later Mr. Bautista, then 37 and a married father of five who made a living as a house painter and dishwasher, told investigators he did not know why he stood, except that he was confused.

At 5-foot-5, he is significantly smaller than the guards. Whether the four standing over him were startled, scared or angry is hard to know since the surveillance camera that caught much of what happened was unable to pick up sound. But this was the moment when they began wrestling with him and dragging him around the cell.   To watch:   Footage of Inmate Beating at Rikers 

Continue Reading @ Solitary Watch for more proof of this type of behavior within the system.  

Montana, if you do not think this is not happening right here in this state….then think again.  Go through and read the articles in this website.  Check the links to the Montana newspapers and media.  Listen to some of the stories of your fellow Montanans fighting on behalf of those who are caught in a system that do not treat the mentally ill in the right way that they should be treated.   Look at the suicide rates in the state, in the prisons, long term solitary confinements, no medications, and the list goes on.   No one is saying that a true criminal does not need to punished and be put in prison to be rehabilitated.  But you don’t put someone that has a mental illness into a prison and do not give them medication, then continue to provoke them, to torture them and punish them more.  That is sicker many times more than what the crime was, if it was a non-violent crime.   Who is monitoring those that are suppose to be monitoring the inmates? 

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Prisons for Profit and Their Dirty Secrets.

Prison Industrial Complex

 

According to Truthcdm.com

The U.S. prison population is not only the largest in the world — it is relentlessly growing. The U.S. prison population is more than five times what it was 30 years ago.  In 1980, when Ronald Reagan became president, there were 400,000 prisoners in the U.S. Today the number exceeds 2.3 million.  The U.S. imprisons more people per capita than any country in the world. With less than 5 percent of the world population, the U.S. imprisons more than 25 percent of all people imprisoned in the world.

“Well over 600,000, and probably close to a million, inmates are working full-time in jails and prisons throughout the United States.

Prison labor — with no union protection, overtime pay, vacation days, pensions, benefits, health and safety protection, or Social Security withholding — also makes complex components for McDonnell Douglas/Boeing’s F-15 fighter aircraft, the General Dynamics/Lockheed Martin F-16, and Bell/Textron’s Cobra helicopter. Prison labor produces night-vision goggles, body armor, camouflage uniforms, radio and communication devices, and lighting systems and components for 30-mm to 300-mm battleship anti-aircraft guns, along with land mine sweepers and electro-optical equipment for the BAE Systems Bradley Fighting Vehicle’s laser rangefinder. Prisoners recycle toxic electronic equipment and overhaul military vehicles.

Labor in federal prisons is contracted out by UNICOR, previously known as Federal Prison Industries, a quasi-public, for-profit corporation run by the Bureau of Prisons. In 14 prison factories, more than 3,000 prisoners manufacture electronic equipment for land, sea and airborne communication. UNICOR is now the U.S. government’s 39th largest contractor, with 110 factories at 79 federal penitentiaries.

The majority of UNICOR’s products and services are on contract to orders from the Department of Defense. Giant multinational corporations purchase parts assembled at some of the lowest labor rates in the world, then resell the finished weapons components at the highest rates of profit. For example, Lockheed Martin and Raytheon Corporation subcontract components, then assemble and sell advanced weapons systems to the Pentagon.

In cities and states across the U.S., hospitals, medical care facilities, schools, cafeterias, road maintenance, water supply services, sewage departments, sanitation, airports and tens of thousands of social programs that receive public funding are being contracted out to for-profit corporations. Anything publicly owned and paid for by generations of past workers’ taxes — from libraries to concert halls and parks — is being sold or leased at fire sale prices.

All this is motivated and lobbied for by right-wing think tanks like that set up by Koch Industries and their owners, Charles and David Koch, as a way to cut costs, lower wages and pensions, and undercut public service unions.

The most gruesome privatizations are the hundreds of for-profit prisons being established.

The inmate population in private for-profit prisons tripled between 1987 and 2007. By 2007 there were 264 such prison facilities, housing almost 99,000 adult prisoners. (house.leg.state.mn.us, Feb. 24, 2009) Companies operating such facilities include the Corrections Corporation of America, the GEO Group Inc. and Community Education Centers.

Prison bonds provide a lucrative return for capitalist investors such as Merrill-Lynch, Shearson Lehman, American Express and Allstate. Prisoners are traded from one state to another based on the most profitable arrangements.

To continue reading:  Truthcdm.com

 

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Million Shares Club: 36 Major Private Prison Investors

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“Each of these following companies own over 1 millions shares of CCA and GEO, and collectively own over two-thirds of CCA and GEO.” Unbelievable!!

  •  American Century Companies Inc.
  • Ameriprise Financial Inc.
  • Balestra Capital LTD.
  • Bank Of America Corp.
  • Bank Of New York Mellon Corp.
  • Barclays Global Investors
  • Blackrock Fund Advisors
  • Carlson Capital LP
  • Cramer Rosenthal McGlynn LLC
  • Dimensional Fund Advisors LP
  • Eagle Asset Management Inc.
  • Epoch Investment Partners, Inc.
  • FMR LLC
  • Goldman Sachs Group Inc.
  • Hamlin Capital Management, LLC
  • ING Investment Management, LLC & Co.
  • Invesco LTD.
  • Jennison Associates LLC
  • JPMorgan Chase & Co.
  • Keeley Asset Management Corp.
  • Lazard Asset Management LLC
  • London Co. Of Virginia
  • Makaira Partners LLC
  • Managed Account Advisors LLC
  • Morgan Stanley
  • Neuberger Berman Group LLC
  • New South Capital Management INC
  • Northern Trust Corp
  • Principal Financial Group Inc
  • Renaissance Technologies LLC
  • River Road Asset Management, LLC
  • Scopia Capital Management LLC
  • State Street Corp
  • Suntrust Banks INC
  • Vanguard Group INC
  • Wells Fargo & Company

Originally posted on Prison Divestment Campaign:

There are 36 U.S.-based major financial investors that own over one million shares of CCA and GEO combined. The following companies each own over 1 million shares of CCA and GEO, and collectively own over two-thirds of CCA and GEO:

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Special Ed Child Is Convicted Of A Crime For Recording Bullies Abusing Him.

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According to an article by Priscilla Jones on Ben Swann.com 

In Pennsylvania, a high school sophomore with developmental disabilities was convicted of a crime after recording classmates threatening to “pull down his pants.”

After being regularly shoved and tripped, and nearly burned with a cigarette lighter, a tormented special-needs student in Pennsylvania decided to take matters into his own hands. He secretly recorded the abuse on his school-issued iPad, and his mother eventually submitted the evidence to the school’s principal. But instead of punishing the teenage tyrants caught on tape, administrators decided to call the police, who threatened the 15-year-old boy with felony wiretapping, but later reduced the charge to disorderly conduct. He was found guilty on March 19.

The Pennsylvania student, a sophomore who remained unnamed in a report on BenSwann.com, was previously diagnosed with comprehension-delay disorder, anxiety disorder and ADHD. In his testimony, he claimed that he decided to record the incident in order to show his mother that he “wasn’t lying” about the ongoing abuse. “I was really having things like books slammed upside my head,” he said. “I wanted it to stop. I just felt like nothing was being done.”

Recording laws vary from state to state, but Pennsylvania is one of just 12 states that require the consent of all parties involved. In the remaining states, consent is not mandatory as long as the person recording is present during the conversation.

Despite his emotional testimony and his mother’s pleas, the Pennsylvania student was eventually found guilty, though he plans to appeal the ruling during his next court appearance on April 29. The bullies were never punished.

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For many students across America, the only way they can prove that they are victims is by taping what is happening to show the truth.   How are children suppose to protect themselves?   Not only is this kid going through the trauma of being abused, but now he faces the trauma of a conviction of a crime where those in authority should have been protecting him.  What about those that record on their cellphones as proof when an incident occurs?   I could see if the wiretapping was for the intent of “no good” or was being used to “harm someone else” that charges could be pressed, but when it’s just for your very own safety?  Well what do you think?  

As you can see from below, this is not a new situation. 

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Judge: Using Pepper Spray on Mentally Ill Inmates ‘Horrific’

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The inmates’ attorneys and witnesses also told Karlton during recent hearings that the prolonged solitary confinement of mentally ill inmates frequently aggravates their condition, leading to a downward spiral.

Karlton agreed, ruling that placement of seriously mentally ill inmates in segregated housing causes serious psychological harm, including exacerbation of mental illness, inducement of psychosis and increased risk of suicide.

“He made findings in every area of ongoing constitutional violations,” said Michael Bien, an attorney who represents mentally ill inmates in the long-running class-action lawsuit. “Despite all these years of legal efforts, he found that there needs to be more done.”

Karlton ordered the Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation to develop a plan to keep mentally ill inmates out of segregation units when there is a substantial risk that it will worsen their illness or prompt suicide attempts.

He found that keeping mentally ill inmates in isolation when they have not done anything wrong violates their rights against cruel and unusual punishment. He gave the state 60 days to stop the practice of holding mentally ill inmates in the segregation units simply because there is no room for them in more appropriate housing.

Originally posted on Prison Reform Movement's Weblog:

  • By Don Thompson, Associated Press

A still image from a video showing California prison guards dousing mentally ill inmates repeatedly with pepper spray.

A federal judge ruled Thursday that California’s treatment of mentally ill inmates violates constitutional safeguards against cruel and unusual punishment through excessive use of pepper spray and isolation.

U.S. District Court Judge Lawrence Karlton in Sacramento gave the corrections department time to issue updated policies on the use of both methods but did not ban them.

He offered a range of options on how officials could limit the use of pepper spray and isolation units when dealing with more than 33,000 mentally ill inmates, who account for 28 percent of the 120,000 inmates in California’s major prisons.

The ruling came after the public release of videotapes made by prison guards showing them throwing chemical grenades and pumping large amounts of pepper spray into the cells of mentally ill inmates, some of whom are heard screaming.

“Most of the videos were horrific,” Karlton wrote in his…

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Schools In America Using Solitary Confinement Or “Scream Rooms”

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Why are American schools putting students in solitary confinement?  Since when did our schools become prisons?  Already America violates International standards in our prisons.  Internationally it is considered that solitary confinement is a form of torture.  Yet, here they are going a step beyond the prisons.  This method is being used to punish school children, school children as young as kindergarten.  We are raising a generation of young people to become use to solitary confinement.  What does this say for the future?

Solitary confinement for students will continue: Oregon schools easily bypass ban on ‘isolation booths’

According to the Police State USA

 Last year, a parent’s outrage over a government school locking her child a padded cell without her knowledge or permission caused so much outrage that a new state law was passed, prohibiting schools from purchasing or using free-standing “seclusion cells” or “isolation booths,” as they are called.  With the new taking effect, some schools are scrambling for a way around the provisions, so they can continue to place students in solitary confinement at their discretion.

In November 2012, KATU News broke a story about the use of an isolation booth at Mint Valley Elementary School in Longview, WA.  Concerned parent, Ana Bate, said her son saw students being locked in the booth at school and was traumatized.

“[He was] thinking it was scary, it was abusive, are they gonna do this to me?” Bate said.

School administrators defended locking children in padded cells, saying that it had “therapeutic purposes” for some children.

“How come they’re not providing documentation about how this ‘therapeutic booth’ is beneficial?” said Bate. “Show me some real numbers. Show me something from the medical community that says more times than not and all the documentation that backs it up. Don’t tell me ‘well, their parents said we could do it.’”

Continue Reading Full Article  Police State USA

Well, this is what a medical doctor had to say about these “Scream Rooms”:

According to Dr. Keith Ablow – Fox News Medical A-Team

‘Scream rooms’ in schools are psychological sadism

 

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In many states throughout the U.S., teachers and school administers will lock students in small spaces called “scream rooms” to discipline them for misbehaving during the school day.

The infractions can be relatively minor – such as swearing too many times or shooting spitballs.  And students are sometimes kept in seclusion this way for hours.  In one reported case, a student was not allowed out even to go to the bathroom and subsequently urinated on the floor.

Scream rooms aren’t just for high school bullies or tough athletes with attitudes either.  First graders can be confined in them, as well as kindergarteners.  Children sometimes weep and struggle to get away before being locked up.

Scream rooms should have no place in American education.  The psychological toll of scream rooms on children and adolescents cannot be overstated.  Being imprisoned for hours for perceived infractions of school rules can easily precipitate feelings of panic, helplessness and humiliation in students that end up kindling a form of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).

Additionally, even when students do not exhibit nightmares or flashbacks to their captivity, they may try burying their feelings of powerlessness and outrage, leading them to suppress these feelings later in life through the use of alcohol or illicit drugs.  Those feelings can also kindle panic disorder and major depression.

I have treated men and women in their 30s, 40s and 50s who (with help) trace the roots of their inability to trust others, or their serious mental disorders, to harsh disciplinary measures perpetrated upon them by teachers during their youth.  And these disciplinary tactics are even less severe than being locked in a scream room.

It isn’t just the disciplined students who can be traumatized, either.  All students who witness someone being confined against his or her will can be negatively affected. Scream rooms are nothing but solitary confinement, and by extension, that makes every school that uses them a prison.  They turn principals into wardens and make every student an inmate.

Even if they were monitored by empathetic professionals, scream rooms would still be psychologically dangerous.  But we have plenty of evidence that many teachers, bus drivers and coaches aren’t always reliable or kind.  The vast majority are, but I believe there is a hidden epidemic of bullying by school staff members – not just students.

Just this week, I was consulted on a case in which a child vomited on the bus on his way to school and was made to stay in his fouled seat for the entire ride, even though other seats were available.  In another instance two weeks ago, I was consulted after a student was made to clean toilets in his school for not turning in his homework.

If scream rooms have any place in the lives of young people (which I do not believe they do), that place would certainly not be in schools.  Locating severe discipline alongside learning has never worked and never will.

Dr. Keith Ablow is a psychiatrist and member of the Fox News Medical A-Team. Dr. Ablow can be reached at info@keithablow.com.

Investigation in the state of Connecticut – Farm Hill School Report

According to NBC US NEWS

Teachers and staff put the children, including those with special needs, in what parents call “scream rooms.”

“My 1st grader is there and is not learning because there are so many behavioral problems at that school,” Tricia Belin said.

One parent described the rooms as, “scream closets, where kids bang their heads off of concrete walls.”

For more, visit NBCConnecticut.com

“The building custodians had to go in and clean blood off the walls and clean urination off the floors,” the parent said.

At a Board of Education meeting on Tuesday night, many parents questioned the use of the rooms that the district calls “timeout rooms.”

“I learned last year from my daughter that she was put in a closet that had holes in the walls and no windows and (was) locked in there,” one mother said.

According to Fox News Politics

When a high school teen acted up in an Indiana classroom a few years ago, his teachers sent him to an isolated room, where he was left unmonitored for hours. He wasn’t allowed to leave, for any reason, and was forced to urinate on the floor. As punishment, he was dragged to that exact same room the following day where he screamed, pleaded and banged on the door for someone to let him out.

When no one came, he tried to hang himself. 

The 2011 case is just one example of how children and teens have been isolated in what are known as “scream rooms,” as a means of both punishment and regaining control — a practice that has been called barbaric and abusive, yet is still being used in several states. The use of scream rooms and other forms of restraint were highlighted in a recent Senate report; individual case studies, which did not identify the students, were shared with FoxNews.com.

The incidents detail how students — sometimes as young as 5 years old -- are being locked in the padded cell-like chambers as small as four-feet-by-four-feet. And they underscore the frustrating recourse parents are left with if and when they are notified of their children’s treatment. Under current law, parents have few options, but some lawmakers are trying to change that.

How comfortable would you feel knowing there is the possibility that your child is being placed in solitary confinement, thinking that they would be safe at school? 

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America’s Incarceration Machine

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     Teenager Jordan Wiser in his emergency services gear. (Source: WOIO-TV)

Excellent short video for helping the unaware understand the MASS Incarceration problem in the United States.

Abby Martin speaks with Eugene Puryear, author of ‘Shackled and Chained: Mass Incarceration in Capitalist America’, about how the US became the country holding a quarter of the world’s prisoners, the privatization of prisons, and the racial bias inherent in the criminal justice system.

21st Century Slavery: Mass Incarceration In America – Video

Ohio teen faces felony when car searched at school, pocketknife discovered

The young man was given a psych evaluation and tracked with an ankle bracelet, and faces up to a year in jail.

Zero Tolerance

Officials found a pocketknife which Mr. Wiser kept in his EMT jacket that he used as a firefighter. They found stun-gun in his glove compartment which he keeps for self-defense. And they found two plastic Airsoft rifles in his trunk which he uses for sporting purposes with his friends after school.

To the young firefighter, these were ordinary items he was never far away from. But in the eyes of the school and the local prosecutor — these were deadly threats to public safety.

A-Tech’s principal called the Ashtabula County Sheriff’s Department, and deputies came and arrested Mr. Wiser. He was charged with “illegal conveyance or possession of deadly weapon or dangerous ordnance or of object indistinguishable from firearm in school safety zone.” The charge is a Class 5 felony. It carries a jail sentence of 6-12 months.

Wiser was immediately locked up. His ordeal would only get stranger when he came under the rule of the local judges. The first was Judge Robert S. Wynn, who ordered a psych evaluation.

“I was in jail for almost 13 days,” Wiser said. “The first bond hearing I went to was on December 15. The judge ordered me [to be] held on a half million-dollar bond, pending a psychological evaluation. I did that and passed. They found I was not suicidal, homicidal or a threat to anybody. My attorney brought it up in front of a different judge, who let me out on a $50,000 bond and an ankle monitor. I was released from jail on Christmas Eve.”

Ashtabula County Sheriff’s Department procured a search warrant on his home. “They were allowed to look anywhere they wanted and take whatever they wanted,” wrote Wiser.

After being released on bond, Judge Alfred Mackey ordered him to get rid of his guns.

“The one judge I went in front of told me to remove any firearms from my parents’ house and put them at my grandpa’s house,” Wiser said to the Huffington Post. “The next judge freaked out about me even knowing what a gun is and put a no contact order against me and my grandparents. My grandfather is dying right now, and I am not allowed within 500 feet of him.”

“I’ve never met a firefighter who hasn’t carried a pocketknife, and I always use one,” explained Wiser. “I never had any intentions of hurting a soul.”

Yet the prosecutor — who is aspiring to be elected as a judge — is trying to paint Mr. Wiser as a potential killer and plans to throw the book at him.

Specht’s harsh words and harsh prosecution may be an attempt to endear himself to fascist-leaning voters in his upcoming judge’s race. His own campaign website boasts how he has built a career upon crushing violators of these so-called “zero tolerance” policies.

Mr. Wiser joins a number of other students who have been caught up in these zero-tolerance no-weapons policies. Police State USA wrote about multiple Georgia teens who could face a maximum of 10 years in prison for having pocketknives in their parked cars at school. Also covered was a story about an 18-year-old high school senior in Tennessee who was also charged with a felony for the same reason. It would seem that rural states like Georgia, Tennessee, and Ohio would be understanding the common ownership of pocketknives, yet the laws and the stories prove that the injustice of anti-weapon laws has swept into even the most unlikely states.

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The Parole Boards Reaction As The Legislative Scrutinizes Their Practices

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According to the article in this mornings newspaper Billings Gazette 

Last year, the board interviewed 1,079 inmates up for parole and granted parole to 602 of them, or 56 percent. Some of those inmates later had their parole revoked or rescinded. The percentage of inmates paroled in neighboring states tends to be slightly higher.

The board usually attaches preconditions to parole, such as requiring the inmate to complete certain treatment programs in prison or live in a pre-release center in a local community for six months before being paroled.

Inmates and their supporters say these conditions sometimes are unreasonable, because they may not be able to get into a program or center for months, or at all, effectively denying their parole.

In January, corrections officials said 132 paroled inmates were still in prison, awaiting their release, more than six months after being approved for parole. Many had yet to find placement in the required program.

A judge gave a date-specific sentence, and that’s what the person’s sentence is,” McKee says. “There is a certain amount of judgment and subjectivity that will go into the decision that you haven’t served enough time for the crime that you committed.”

Attorneys rarely appear before the board on behalf of inmates, but those who do say it seems as if the board rarely grants parole to someone appearing for the first time on a lengthy sentence.

“It doesn’t matter if you’ve done all your programming,” says Ron Waterman, a Helena lawyer. “I don’t know of any lawyer who’s had any positive experience that has gone before the parole board.”

As for paroling people on their first request, it does happen — almost half the time, according to Department of Corrections figures.


  • Here’s the first thought that comes to mind when reading this and the numbers that the Montana Parole Board and the Montana Department of Corrections stated on how many are paroled.
“Oh, what a tangled web we weave when first we practice to deceive.” – Sir Walter Scott
  • We have had many ex-inmates and their families calling from around the country that have left Montana because of the corrupted practices in these departments.  Many families that are also stuck in the state because they can’t afford to leave or their loved one is still in the prison.  We have been told of a little trick that makes those numbers look real good to the regular outsider that does not know the system, that does not scrutinize the reports or would even know where to start.  The legislative needs to run a full audit on the 56% of inmates that are paroled.  They need to look at the sentence, look at the judges orders and most of all look at how much time they served and when they would be maxing out.
  • Let me break it down for you.  Here’s an example using a fictitious name….inmate “John Smith”.  John Smith has a 5 year sentence. John Smith is close to serving his full sentence.  He is eligible for parole.  He does not want to see the parole board, because he wants to max out. He only has a few months left to serve.  If he maxes out of prison, he is no longer under the state, he is a free man. He chooses to waive his right to see the parole board, which would be fine and dandy.  But, too many have told us that the parole board forces them to see them anyway.  So, John Smith goes before the parole board and it all sounds good.  They grant him parole.  They just added to their numbers another inmate being paroled under their watch.  Thing is, John Smith was going to be maxing out of prison anyway.  He was not an “honest parole decision.”  Take it a step further, John Smith did not want to be paroled. He wanted to max out, now he is regulated by their parole conditions which we see a high number being recycled back into the prisons.  One inmate was paroled that only had 15-20 days left to serve.  Now why would they go and do a thing like that?  Why force this man to see them and then grant him parole?  He was going to get out regardless, free and clear.  It makes their numbers look good, and they still have their finger on him.  Mostly it is just about padding their paroled figures.
  • Tell me, how is that anymore honest than what they are condemning inmates for not pleading guilt to a crime? What if an inmate were innocent of a crime, or even just part of the crime?  According to The Innocence Project nationally up to 10% are innocent.  One legislator even claiming that it could be upwards to 20%.  He then stated that once they are in the prison system it is almost impossible to get them back out.  This is especially true with a parole board in Montana that has these powers….”The board, independent of any state agency, writes its own rules, which say it can consider just about anything when considering whether to grant parole.” McKee goes on to say “A judge gave a date-specific sentence, and that’s what the person’s sentence is,”  “There is a certain amount of judgment and subjectivity that will go into the decision that you haven’t served enough time for the crime that you committed.”    
  • One big problem with that whole scenario, the parole board has gone against Judges sentences, writing their own rules, adding onto sentences, using their special privileges to “enhance” judges court orders.  We have a stack of one case after another proving just that.  They hold their own court hearings in their parole hearings.  Montana DOJ is there also putting together a new case, totally skipping what our judicial system was designed to be here in America.  The parole board then becomes the jury and the judges.  They must think the real judges of Montana are idiots and didn’t know how to do their jobs in the first places.  Judges, you need to be investigating this yourself, why they are doubting your decisions.  Why aren’t inmates that are coerced or forced into confessing things that are not so, do not get a fair round in your courts?  Why are there second court hearings in these parole hearings totally separate from you? How are they adding their “enhanced conditions” then stating that if an inmate has not completed their conditions that they can take suspended sentences and activate them for being non-compliant?
  • Now, everyone that is coming forward could be lying.  Everyone that is coming forward could be upset or complaining even.  But….there are way too many people that have too much evidence that shows otherwise.  Why is it that these departments can get away with all this?  Who is keeping an actual audit on them to hold them accountable?  Again, we ask the legislative to audit those that were paroled, what were the factors of them being paroled, was it a true parole?  We have already shown how their figures on the number of Montanans that are incarcerated did not match their own reports and both reports came out of their very own offices.  We are glad to see more reporters doing series on many of these issues.  We ask that maybe they can do more investigating in depth. Get down to the real nitty gritty.  We do thank them for stepping up to the plate for their fellow Montanans. Bravo!
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