Incarcerated Montana Fireman Allen Whetstone has now been locked up for 7 months, 14 Days
326,880 Minutes or
5,448 Hours or 32 Weeks,
Each Minute Is An Injustice
The drama just keeps unfolding on this individual. Allen Whetstone just had his re-classification evaluation and he received high praise. It read that he was “above average in his area of work” (which is to take care of an inmate with Diabetes) “he is not a problem inmate” (otherwise a model inmate). Now, both he and his wife had received threats from Department of Corrections and even have documentation from Montana State Prison that Mr.Whetstone would more than likely not receive parole because the parole board would recommend that he takes SOP2 Class. He completes SOP1 next week. The judge court ordered SOP1 and CP&R Class within DOC and with SOP2 and SOP3 to be taken on the outside. We have heard from numerous sources that CP&R was taken with SOP1 or could be taken alone. Either way Mr.Whetstone should have already been involved in CP&R, he has not as they have not allowed him. It is now been said that CP&R runs with SOP2.
Well, low and behold Blair Hopkins who is not only Mr.Whetstone’s group therapist for these classes but he is also the “Treatment Program Manager” told the entire class today that he recommends that they need to take SOP2 while in prison. That it would be cheaper for them to take it while under Department of Corrections because it would be free, outside they would have to pay for the classes. Inmates were disgruntled. As well they should be. (Remember there are men that are innocent or have been labeled as a sex offender though their crime had nothing do with sex at all.) In SOP2 classes they have to admit in detail to the crime they were charged for. (How are those that are fighting a wrong conviction admit to something that is not so? Mr.Whetstone has submitted all of his documentation to the Innocence Project.) That class alone can take up to 2 years or more as many of them will not take the class because they did not do what they are being accused of or their charge was not a sex charge.) Mr.Whetstone will be eligible for parole soon. Blair Hopkins asked Mr.Whetstone what was wrong and Mr.Whetstone told him that he was not court ordered to take this class in prison. Blair Hopkins replied that ” he had the right to recommend SOP2 but would write on Mr.Whetstone’s paper that it should not affect his parole date. Although the Montana State Parole Board could tell him that he has to take the class and there is nothing that he could do to change that.” So, in the end every inmate had to sign the document that stated they were to take SOP2 class. Mr.Whetstone said that “he was upset that he was basically forced into signing this, but if he didn’t it would then hurt his good record of being a model inmate which he needs in order to be paroled. What else are you to do when your back is against the wall?”
Excerpt taken from: page 18 of
MONTANA STATE PRISON
ANALYSIS OF THE IMPACT OF
TREATMENT PROGRAMS ON INMATE
MISCONDUCT AND RECIDIVISM
CHEMICAL DEPENDENCY TREATMENT
SEX OFFENDER PROGRAMMING
The University of Montana-Missoula
This table shows that those inmates that successfully complete ITU SOP fare no better than those in the non-treatment group in terms of recidivism even taking into account time served, race, age at release, and the amount of time that elapsed between release and return to prison.
To Read The Whole Analysis: http://www.cor.mt.gov/content/Resources/Reports/MSP_AITPIMR.pdf
This is outrageous!
- First of all this may be free for the inmate, but it is not free for the taxpayer. It costs an individual $180 a month with 15 individuals in the group for 8 hours per month. That total should be what…about $2,700.00 per month total. (This is based on what they charge individuals on the outside) This is for 1 class. Now if they are in prison total that up.
- Second, this may be free to the inmate while in prison but while he is in prison it costs the state money to help the inmates family as the inmate is not able to be a productive citizen and take care of his family or to pay taxes. The family does not see that savings. And the taxpayer pays for it.
- Where do they get the power to over-ride a judge and all the while the inmate is doing everything by the books and above and beyond in prison and even receives a good recommendation?
- Can anyone connect all of the dots that has been outlined in this whole website and follow the State Departments, follow the money trail that is left behind them? It is glaringly obvious how money is being swiped away from the unknowing taxpayers and the rustling of human souls that is being herded in and out of these departments. There is a need for prisons and for the different programs but it is corruption when it has been turned into a money scam.