Posts Tagged ‘Prison’

Juvenile Prison Reform Yields Results for Once

September 8, 2009

ABCNEWS.com posted a story about Missouri’s experiment in juvenile justice reform. There have been increasing reports that the juvenile justice system in the United States is causing more harm than good, causing the kids to have more mental health issues and teaching them greater violence, rather than solving their problems and teaching a healthier lifestyle. Instead of producing more law abiding citizens, we have been further destroying the kids that are churned through the system. But – What is the solution?

Their reforms are producing dramatic results due to sensible approaches in treating the kids as persons needing guidance and caring adult supervision, rather than as hardened criminals to be only punished and whipped into submission.  They have a 10 % recitivism rate versus the 40 % found at most juvenile prisons.

I propose that a rethinking of adult incarceration programs along these lines, particularly for drug-addicts, the mentally ill, and non-violent felons, would produce similar dramatic improvements in recitivism and decreased costs.

“Recent reports about abuse of juvenile inmates have renewed calls for a national overhaul of a juvenile justice system that includes nearly 100,000 children.

At Waverly Regional Youth Center in Missouri, the boys are taught to settle their disagreements with words, not fists. Any person can call a “Circle”, meaning everyone stops whatever they are doing and they work on the issue.

In Missouri, a different method for juvenile prisons has seen surprisingly successful results, trading in the orange uniforms and cell blocks for therapists and dorm rooms.”

 http://abcnews.go.com/GMA/missouris-juvenile-justice-system/Story?id=8511600&page=1

IL Denies Mental Health Care to Medicaid Patients

July 5, 2009

Attorney General Lisa Madigan is fraudulently prosecuting legitimate, quality providers of mental health care to Medicaid patients. She is using this to say she is “tough on fraud” and the State is using this to help balance the budget at the heavy cost to society. Without mental health care addiction increases, crime increases, mentally ill commit minor crimes such as stealing food and are victims of crimes, productive lives are lost, the State incurs increased costs of caring for these people and their families, $40,000 or more is spent per year to incarcerate non-violent offenders instead of providing them treatment so they can support their families, take care of their children, and contribute to the tax base.  This is corruption at its height.  Why is Obama administration ignoring this?

http://illinoiscorruption.blogspot.com/2008/10/criminal-scheme-of-il-attorney-general.html

http://illinoiscorruption.blogspot.com/2009/02/judge-jorge-alonso-overturns-federal.html

http://illinoiscorruption.blogspot.com/2009/07/excess-incarceration-rate-leads-to-more.html

High Incarceration Rate Leads to Increased Troubled Children and Welfare

July 4, 2009

Excess Incarceration Rate Leads to More Troubled Children and More Welfare

The huge incarceration rate in Illinois, where we send non-violent drug abusers and thieves to prison at a rate 40 times greater than any civilized country means that we are breaking our economy. The children of the prisoners are a great social burden when parents don’t earn an income or care for them. Tax dollars are also lost when prisoners do not work.

It is a much better solution to sentence non-violent offenders to curfews when not at work and community service to pay back what they took from society. Restorative justice is more appropriate. In prison less than 15% of addicts get treatment and there are five times more mentally ill in prison, without appropriate treatment than in all the mental health facilities in the country combined.

It is a much better solution to pay for daily drug addiction treatment, home monitoring, and mental health treatment than to pay $30,000 per year to incarcerate a prisoner, not treat them, and then send them back to a life of crime or untreated mental illness.

We are FOOLS in Illinois and the rest of the country! What a waste of dollars and human potential! Talk to your legislators. Elect only those that pledge to change this disaster. Our phony war of being “tough on crime” is a joke and has not worked. These prisoners, are usually released. If we don’t rehabilitate them, we deserve what we get.

For discussion and solutions to the problems see:

http://www.nytimes.com/2009/07/05/us/05prison.html?_r=1

https://drlindashelton.wordpress.com/2009/03/12/help-save-economy-by-saving-billions-with-judicialprison-reform-stop-torture/

https://drlindashelton.wordpress.com/2008/12/21/re-integrating-600000-ex-cons-per-year-and-growing-give-your-suggestions/

https://drlindashelton.wordpress.com/2008/11/30/punishment-and-fairness-comparative-nature-of-punishment/

How to Find Peace in the Face of Horror?

May 28, 2009

May 24, 2009-M said:

I understand that FG is in [jail] division 9. Is that the most miserable place? He murdered a relative, and her baby in January. I hope he is getting punked everyday. I also understand that he has lost major weight. Hopefully he is being tortured. Is it so?

May 24, 2009-L responded:

This man clearly is dangerous and should be kept away from society. BUT, M, I will pray for you. It does not make things better to have such hate in your heart. God teaches to love thine enemy – you don’t have to forgive him or even like him. He deserves a life sentence, but wishing evil things on others only makes hearts cold and minds numb. I will pray for you that you somehow find peace with this awful event. Whether he is truly evil, mentally deranged, sociopathic, psychotic, or whatever doesn’t matter. Those who were close to the people he tortured and killed are suffering greatly. How do they go on? How do they find peace?

May 25, 2009-M said:

Thanks for your comment L. It is hard to forgive someone who shoots a 10 month old baby in the back of the head, and back at point blank range. I won’t even mention what he did to the mother. How do you shoot someone in both arms, both legs, the back, and the head. I want him to be tortured, like the torture he puts out. We won’t even mention the past relationships that he had. None of the media covered his last court date, so I wasn’t able to see “it” on television.

May 25, 200- L responded:

M: I know it is hard to imagine forgiveness in such horrendous situation, but you won’t find peace until you do. There are many people around the world, including in my family who have suffered awfully in indescribable ways by torture at war or by criminals. The media doesn’t care. Only God cares. Remember we all suffer until the day we die and are relieved of our pain of living. That is the nature of life. It is how we bear our suffering that matters most.

Other’s writings help me put the horror of what happens in life in perspective:

M- You are suffering horribly. The living often suffer more than the dead.

Dostoevski wrote in regards to human dignity even in a concentration camp where there is much suffering:

“There is only one thing that I dread: not to be worthy of my sufferings.”

Man is certainly capable of the most unspeakable horrors!

Victor E Frankl wrote:

“Since Auschwitz we know what man is capable of.

And since Hiroshima we know what is at stake.”

Two wrongs do NOT make a right.

You might want to read his book: “Man’s Search for Meaning.” He tells how he found meaning in life even in a concentration camp, after his family was murdered and as he watched for years the most indescribable horrors. He saw beyond the horrors of the living and what man can do. He was able to find peace. You must too.

Help Save Economy by Saving Billions with Judicial/Prison Reform – Stop Torture

March 12, 2009

In Illinois, a hotbed of government corruption, billions could be saved with judicial, prison, and jail reforms. More could be saved by eliminating the 10% kick-backs to political funds expected of all those who contract with the state and counties.

If we cut the 40,000 daily Illinois prison population in half I estimate Illinois could save 1.2 billion dollars per year. We would still be incarcerating 20 X more people per capita than any other civilized country.

For every decrease in 1000 inmates from its historic high of 10,000 daily inmates, Cook County Jail could save the county 18 million dollars. What purpose does it serve to incarcerate thousands of people for minimal non-violent crimes pre-trial who can’t afford to pay a $100 dollar bail bond? How do lengthy prison terms without rehabilitation help decrease crime and make productive citizens out of those with drug addiction and alcoholism? How does using prisons as mental health treatment facilities make our State safer? Do prisons and jails provide so much better mental health care than hospitals and clinics? Perhaps mental health care is simply NOT AVAILABLE in Illinois to those on Medicaid! See:

http://illinoiscorruption.blogspot.com/2009/02/judge-jorge-alonso-overturns-federal.html

Also the grotesque torture, medical neglect, and brutality in Illinois jails and prisons could be reduced and true rehabilitation, along with better parole supervision, mental health treatment and drug addiction and alcoholism treatment provided with even a quarter of the resulting savings. I would estimate this would also have a MAJOR impact on reducing crime and increasing tax revenues from a larger number of productive citizens.

For more details see:

http://illinoiscorruption.blogspot.com/2009/03/vastly-undertrained-and-abusive-cook.html

No Commutation of Sentence for Murderer George Ryan

December 2, 2008

Ryan whines that he’s already paid a price with loss of pension, not seeing his sick wife, and loss of reputation. He belatedly is expressing remorse for the first time, but never mentions the death of the Willis family’s six children that resulted from his actions. He has it better than most convicts who lose much much more including their home, friends, family, reputation, employability, often right to vote in other states, etc. Prisoners often are not allowed even to go to the funerals of loved ones or visit at their deathbeds. I feel sorry for his wife, but Ryan should realize that the consequences to his family are a result of his actions. You don’t release murderers because their family is sick. Ryan is a murderer. He deserved a far longer sentence.

He shouldn’t get special treatment, especially because he told the families with handicapped children through his aide that he would not increase slots for the waiver program to keep severely disabled children at home instead of in nursing homes or institutions because “they should die.” He was ruthless as a Governor despite some good things that he did. Power, influence, control, no matter who it hurt was his goal. He gave very little empathy to others in need. He was out of touch with the people who needed government help most.

Prisoners deserve mercy and rehabilitation, but lets be reasonable. Mercy is not just for the elite, wealthy, and connected. Let the punishment fit the crime! He doesn’t deserve shortening of an already ridiculously short sentence considering his crime. People died because of what he did!  He has NEVER specifically acknowledged this fact and asked for forgiveness for this.

He may have made a good decision to commute death sentences, but in general he was heartless, arrogant, and deserves a far longer sentence. No special treatment for Ryan!


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