Montana Jailers Sued Again

Colton Wilson

Colton Wilson

Do you see the difference in this young man?  This is a young man that is now on his proper medications, out of prison, healthy and doing well.   This was him before, featured in an earlier article.   He looks agitated, stressed, serving a 5 year sentence instead of the 90 day boot camp sentence because of being denied the medications that he so desperately needed under Montana Department Of Corrections.

Colton Wilson

Colton Wilson

 

According to the Missoula Independent, reporter Jessica Mayrer wrote the following article.

Justice

Jailers sued again

Wilson, 23, alleges in a lawsuit served to the Montana Department of Corrections this week that he should never have been sent to prison at all. In 2005, doctors diagnosed Wilson with bipolar and attention deficit hyperactivity disorders. Between 2005 and 2007, court records indicate that erratic and fearful behavior prompted Wilson’s family to hospitalize him repeatedly.

In 2007, Wilson, then 16, stabbed a man in the neck. In exchange for pleading guilty to the crime, Wilson received a deferred sentence, contingent upon his completion of a 90-day DOC boot camp.

Prior to Wilson’s arrival at the Treasure State Correctional Training Center boot camp, he says doctors finally found a pharmaceutical combination that helped control his irrational behavior. The problem, as the lawsuit alleges, is guards did not provide Wilson with any of his medications for days after his arrival.

“(It was) nothing short of a mental catastrophe disaster within my head,” he says.

Wilson’s worsening behavior prompted the boot camp to terminate him. He was then sent to prison to serve out a five-year term. According to the lawsuit, given Wilson’s “longstanding mental disorders,” Treasure State’s actions “constituted gross medical dereliction (and) reckless disregard for the well-being of the Plaintiff …”

Wilson seeks damages and says he wants the DOC to change how it treats mentally ill inmates. “You can’t get away with doing this to people,” he says.

Wilson’s story is strikingly similar to that of several others collected by Disability Rights Montana during a year-long investigation into the state’s prison system. According to the investigatory findings released last month, DOC engages in “a pattern of deliberately withholding medication from prisoners with mental illness,” and refuses to diagnose prisoners as suffering from mental illness “despite clear evidence.”

If jailers don’t remedy what Disability Rights alleges are widespread constitutional violations, it is threatening to file suit to compel the DOC to fulfill legal mandates against employing cruel and unusual punishment.

As for Wilson, he was discharged from prison in June. He’s relieved to be out of jail, back on his medications and looking for work. “I made it,” he says.

 

There are far too many cases of this happening within the Department of Corrections.  So many inmates have been thrown in solitary or have committed suicide due to the fact of not being on the medications that are needed.   They completely make those with mental health issues go cold turkey without what they need.  Then when the inmate has a mental breakdown they punish them and it goes on the record.   Thus making his or her stay longer at the prison.   Prisons for profit by torture?  Unbelievable!! 

 

Related Article :  Colton Wilson – Concerns For The Mentally Disabled

Categories: MDOC/Abuse | Tags: , , , , , , , | 1 Comment

What Happens With A Homeless Inmate Prepared, To Leave Prison?

By Christopher Moraff

Stock_Prison_920_647_80

(AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

Many of  the roughly 10,000 inmates who exit U.S. prisons each week following incarceration face an immediate critical question: Where will I live? While precise numbers are hard to come by, research suggests that, on average, about 10 percent of parolees are homeless immediately following their release. In large urban areas, and among those addicted to drugs, the number is even higher — exceeding 30 percent.

“Without a safe and stable place to live where they can focus on improving themselves and securing their future, all of their energy is focused on the immediate need to survive the streets,” says Faith Lutze, criminal justice professor at Washington State University. “Being homeless makes it hard to move forward or to find the social support from others necessary to be successful.”

Although education, employment, and treatment for drug and mental health issues all play a role in successful reintegration, these factors have little hope in the absence of stable housing. Yet, few leaving prison have the three months’ rent typically required to get an apartment. Even if they did, landlords are given wide latitude in denying leases to people with a criminal record in many states. Further, policies enacted under the Clinton administration continue to deny public housing benefits to thousands of convicted felons — the majority of whom were rounded up for non-violent offenses during the decades-long War on Drugs. Some are barred for life from ever receiving federal housing support.

As a result, tens of thousands of inmates a year trade life in a cell for life on the street. According to Lutze, with each passing day, the likelihood that these people will reoffend or abscond on their parole increases considerably.

Lutze and a team of researchers recently completed a comprehensive assessment of a Washington State program that aims to reduce recidivism by providing high-risk offenders with 12 months of housing support when they are released from prison.

The study tracked 208 participants in three counties and found statistically significant reductions in new offenses and readmission to prison. It also found lower levels of parole revocations among participants.

While housing is the immediate goal of the program, the Re-Entry Housing Pilot Program (RHPP) operates in concert with the Department of Corrections’ Community Justice Centers to provide a range of reentry support services.

Participants live in heavily subsidized apartments, often with roommates, and are required to engage in treatment, secure employment and work toward self-sustainability.

Lutze says stable housing not only reduces violations of public order laws related to living and working on the street, but it increases exposure to pro-social networks and provides a sense of safety and well-being conducive to participating in treatment and other services.

That not only improves community safety, she says, but it “reduces the economic and human costs of ex-offenders cycling through our jails and prisons just because they do not have a safe place to live.”

While this seems like a common sense strategy, programs that place housing at the forefront of prisoner reentry are actually relatively scarce in the U.S., and have historically been driven by a handful of pioneering non-profits.

Since the 1990s, the New York-based Fortune Society has graduated hundreds of ex-offenders from its transitional housing facility in West Harlem, known as “The Castle.” The program has been so successful — with recidivism rates as low as one percent — that the group received city support to open a second facility, Castle Gardens, in 2010. A similar program run by the Delancey Street Foundation in San Francisco, offers housing and support services to drug addicts, many of them ex-offenders, in six cities.

For all their success, access to these programs is limited, and demand regularly exceeds supply. But governments are starting to catch on.

As part of its Returning Home Initiative, New York’s Corporation for Supportive Housing joined with the Department of Corrections and several city agencies to launch the Frequent User Service Enhancement (FUSE) program, which provides apartments to roughly 200 homeless people who had both four jail and four shelter stays over the previous five years.

By limiting trips to jails and shelters, the program generated savings of $15,000 per individual according to a two-year evaluation of the program released in March.

The program is now being replicated in nearly a dozen other cities, including Washington D.C. and Chicago, with a number of other cities in the planning stages.

If its past performance is any metric, in the coming years, FUSE is likely to help thousands of inmates across the country establish roots in the community, stay off the street and, ultimately, keep from going back to prison.

Via NextCity

Another factor we must take into consideration, as in Montana, many inmates are denied for parole because they cannot even establish a residency when they go before the parole board. (A place of residency is required as a condition for parole.)  This is next to impossible!   Countless inmates are clogging up the system because they have no place for them to go.  This is a HUGE problem. 

 

Categories: Prison Release | Tags: , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Slavery By Another Name

Roadworkers.jpg

America, the largest prison nation in the world.  African Americans still making up a large number of the incarcerated.  Native Americans,  and those in the low income bracket that can’t afford the best attorneys.  Having to accept the public defender, where 95% have to plea bargain and only 5% go to court. The nation thinking that these people MUST be guilty to have accepted the plea bargain, not knowing that is how the system is built.  Our justice system would collapse under the weight of cases if everyone asked for a fair trial.  Granted there are those that deserve to be in prison for heinous crimes.  No argument there.  But we also have an insidious disease growing in our nation,  a hungry prison for profit disease. Corporations and Wall Street teaming up with Prisons, and the Criminal Justice System.  The demographic make-up of today’s prisons in the US and the history that’s produced this make-up (roughly 50% African-American, 35% Latino and 15% White),*Native Americans not being mentioned in these statistics* the privatization of prisons threatens to re-institute a link between race and commerce that has not been seen since the 1800’s. This is not new, let’s take a look at history.  Only thing new is that it is on a larger scale and has become more accepted.  

Found this following article on American Indian adolescents in Montana, N.Y.U. Review Of Law & Social Change to be very interesting.  By:  Melina Angelos Healey

American Indian adolescents in Montana are caught in a school-to-prison pipeline. They are plagued with low academic achievement, high dropout, suspension and expulsion rates, and disproportionate contact with the juvenile and criminal justice systems.  This phenomenon has been well documented in poor, minority communities throughout the country. But it has received little attention with respect to the American Indian population in Montana, for whom the problem is particularly acute. Indeed, the pipeline is uniquely disturbing for American Indian youth in Montana because this same population has been affected by another heartbreaking and related trend: alarming levels of adolescent suicides and self-harm.

The statistical evidence and tragic stories recounted in this report demonstrate beyond doubt that American Indian children on the reservations and elsewhere in Montana are moving into the school-to-prison pipeline at an alarming and tragic rate. The suicides of so many children is cause for despair, and the complicity of the education system in those deaths, whether through deliberate actions or through inattention, is cause for serious self-reflection and remediation. This article has been written in the hope that the people of Montana, government officials at all levels, teachers and school administrators, and public interest lawyers will have some of the information they need to take action. Despair, prison, and untimely death should not and need not be the ending places of public education for our most vulnerable children.

View Complete Article (PDF)

Slavery By Another Name

Click to watch the entire documentary Slavery by Another Name

 

Slavery is slavery, America.  No matter which way you look at it.  No matter how you turn it.  No matter how you try to spin it.  It’s not pretty.  It can’t be justified.  We have to take a good hard look right in it’s ugly face and see it for what it is! 

Categories: Videos | Tags: , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

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! 

Categories: Thank You Montana | Tags: , , , , , | Leave a comment

Colton Wilson – Concerns For The Mentally Disabled

 

PHOTO BY CHAD HARDER

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.

Categories: DOC & Mental Illness | Tags: , , , , , | Leave a comment

Brutal Treatment Of Prisoners With Mental Illness Proven With Videos

BeFunky_moreno-300x164.jpg

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).

by

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? 

Categories: DOC & Mental Illness | Tags: , | Leave a comment

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

 

Categories: Wake Up America | Tags: , , , , | Leave a comment

Million Shares Club: 36 Major Private Prison Investors

mejustice:

corruption money

“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:

View original 392 more words

Categories: Wake Up America | Tags: , , , , , , | Leave a comment

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

A42BFPPhoto Credit Unkown

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.

Read Full Story at BennSwann.com

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. 

Categories: Wake Up America | Tags: , , , , | Leave a comment

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

mejustice:

Excerpt from article:
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…

View original 577 more words

Categories: Wake Up America | Tags: , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Blog at WordPress.com. The Adventure Journal Theme.

Follow

Get every new post delivered to your Inbox.

Join 525 other followers

%d bloggers like this: