Thursday, April 17, 2014

Bridgewater State Hospital Investigation


A death in restraints after ‘standard procedure’ at
Bridgewater State Hospital psychiatric prison

Joshua Messier was having a schizophrenic attack, then died as Bridgewater state prison guards subdued him. The medical examiner called it homicide, then changed her mind. No one has been prosecuted, or even reprimanded, for the death of a young man in state care.


In a sequence caught on surveillance video, two of the guards had pushed down hard on Messier’s back as he sat in handcuffs and leg irons on the bed, forcing his chest toward his knees. The tactic, sometimes called “suitcasing,” is banned in Massachusetts prisons because it can cause suffocation, especially for those like Joshua Messier, who had grown overweight from taking antipsychotic medications. [Messier died in 2009]
http://www.bostonglobe.com/metro/2014/02/16/homicide-bridgewater-state-hospital-raises-profound-questions-about-care-for-mentally-ill/TqgMJdNZ8SPjLcFQ6hRkTN/story.html

Today, Bridgewater is back in the news. BOSTON (AP) - A nonprofit watchdog group has opened an investigation into the treatment of inmates at the Bridgewater State Hospital psychiatric prison.

The state Department of Correction confirmed Wednesday that lawyers from the Disability Law Center arrived at the medium-security prison Tuesday to meet with administrators, gather records and talk to patients.

The investigation comes in the wake of reports that guards and clinicians had illegally put mentally ill inmates and patients into physical restraints and isolation cells, and soon after two high-profile cases.

In one case, the parents of a man who died while being restrained at the facility in 2009 settled a lawsuit for $3million.
In another, the mother of a man being held at the hospital filed a lawsuit saying he had been restrained and isolated for unreasonably long periods of time.
http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2014/apr/17/state-psychiatric-prison-under-federal-scrutiny/

Do your elected representatives or their spouses invest in private prison companies? Join the ASSISTANCE TO THE INCARCERATED MENTALLY ILL Blogtalkradio broadcast for Call (818)572.2947 Wednesdays at 9pm Pacific to speak on air, or join us by computer. Below is the 4/16/14 tape
http://www.blogtalkradio.com/nnia1/2014/04/17/assistance-to-the-incarcerated-mentally-ill
Listen to the tapes for our shows anytime, 24/7.

It would be illegal to keep a dog in a tight space 23 hours a day and gas or Taser him for barking. It would be illegal to put a dog into a deadly restraint chair for control. But this happens to mentally ill Americans routinely in the nation's jails and prisons. What happened to Larry Neal? He was a black disabled man, and his wrongful death in police custody is therefore treated very differently. White persons with mental illness are brutalized and killed like black ones are in the USA, but Caucasians are seldom subjected to kangaroo courts, cover-ups, and denial of due process of law that followed the "Wrongful Death of Larry Neal." (Google it)


Mary Neal, director
Assistance to the Incarcerated Mentally Ill (AIMI)
http://www.care2.com/c2c/group/aimi
Dog Justice for Mentally Ill
http://dogjusticeformentallyill.blogspot.com
Wrongful Death of Larry Neal
http://WrongfulDeathofLarryNeal.com

Mentally Ill Americans Need Dog Justice. Treat mental illness medically, not legally. Advocate for U.S. Congress to pass H.R.3717 - Helping Families in Mental Health Crisis Act

David O’Quin, Another Restraint Chair Death

David O'Quin, Deceased

“I Thought He Was Safe, That Was a Mistake”(April 15, 2014) ~~ When Bill O’Quin called the police to warn them that his 41-year-old paranoid schizophrenic son, David, was wandering the streets one night in February 2013, he had no idea the arrest would ultimately lead to David’s death in a Louisiana prison.

Yet “thirteen days later David Jackson O’Quin lay lifeless on a jail cell floor after being shackled to a restraint chair for nearly 170 hours during 10 days of often violent behavior,” reports the Advocate (“Dad hopes suit over mentally ill son’s death in jail will spur change,” April 14).

An artist, David O’Quin was fluent in Spanish and graduated from the University of Texas with a degree in studio art. Shortly thereafter, he moved to Los Angeles to study at UCLA.

What originally appeared to be the quirky behavior of an artist became more alarming when David moved to the west coast. “Helicopters and birds followed David around Los Angeles,” Bill O’Quin tells the Advocate. “Intelligence officials implanted listening devices in his brain . . . He often stripped naked in public.”

When he landed in the East Baton Rouge Parish Prison on that February night . . .

Read the entire article at http://theadvocate.com/news/8475687-123/i-thought-he-was-safe


Condolences from ASSISTANCE TO THE INCARCERATED MENTALLY ILL to Mr. O'Quin on the tragic and needless death of his beloved son. The good news is your lawsuit will likely be paid, because your son was white. If you were black, you would likely get no due process of law and might even be persecuted for asking for justice. No, your lawsuit will NOT change anything. The payout will come from taxpayers. David's incarceration was financed by taxpayers. Prison investors are not personally inconvenienced by wrongful death lawsuits, but changing the system and incarcerating fewer mental patients would most certainly negatively impact them. Change is up to the people. We must remove prison investors from public office.

Do your elected representatives or their spouses invest in private prison companies?
Join the ASSISTANCE TO THE INCARCERATED MENTALLY ILL Blogtalkradio broadcast for 4/16/14. Call (818)572.2947 at 9pm Pacific to speak on air, or join us by computer
http://www.blogtalkradio.com/nnia1/2014/04/17/assistance-to-the-incarcerated-mentally-illListen to the tapes for our shows anytime, and join us every Wednesday night for the live broadcasts.


It would be illegal to keep a dog in a tight space 23 hours a day and gas or Taser him for barking. It would be illegal to put a dog into a deadly restraint chair for control. But this happens to mentally ill Americans routinely in the nation's jails and prisons. What happened to Larry Neal?

Mentally Ill Americans Need Dog Justice. Treat mental illness medically, not legally.
Advocate for U.S. Congress to pass H.R.3717 - Helping Families in Mental Health Crisis Act

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

SAMHSA Blocks Mental Health Treatment

Prison Investors in Government advocate AGAINST the best interest of people with serious mental illness. See the following statement by Mental Illness Policy Org. 

The Definition of Insanity - A federal agency (SAMHSA) undermines treatment for the mentally ill. (Wall Street Journal March 31, 2014)

Every time a mass shooting happens in the U.S.—Sandy Hook, Virginia Tech, Aurora — we have the same national discussion: Why can't we identify and treat the dangerously mentally ill before they kill? Here is one infuriating answer.


Inside the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services sits an agency whose assignment since its creation in 1992 has been to reduce the impact of mental illness and target services to the "people most in need." Instead, the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, known as Samhsa, uses its $3.6 billion annual budget to undermine treatment for severe mental disorders.

Health professionals agree on the need to provide medical intervention for serious psychiatric disorders—schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, severe depression. The National Institute of Mental Health does evidence-based research and promotes medically driven models of care, including early intervention, intense psychiatric treatment and drugs. Doctors have promoted reforms such as "need for treatment" standards in civil-commitment laws, or assisted-outpatient laws so courts can require the mentally ill to receive treatment to avoid hospitalization. These reforms help the mentally ill and reduce crime, incarceration and homelessness.

Instead of being part of this solution, Samhsa is in the vanguard of the legal-advocacy and anti-psychiatry movement that sprang to life in the 1980s, and it continues to waste taxpayer dollars on programs that undercut efforts to help the world's Adam Lanzas.

Known generally as the "consumer/survivor" movement (as in having "survived" psychiatric treatment), this movement largely opposes drug treatment, psychiatric care, civil-commitment laws or even the reality of mental illness. Samhsa pushes the "recovery model," an approach that puts the patient in charge of crafting his own recovery plan and stresses "empowerment" and coping rather than medical intervention.

For instance, Samhsa's Guide to Mental Illness Awareness Week suggests schools invite as speakers such radical organizations as MindFreedom, which rejects the existence of mental illness and stages "human rights" campaigns against drug treatment and commitments. Or the National Coalition for Mental Health Recovery, which "holds that psychiatric labeling is a pseudoscientific practice of limited value in helping people recover."

Samhsa underwrites the Alternatives conference, which in 2013 included a session titled "Dance Your Way to Wellness and Recovery" and a presentation from the "Hearing Voices Network," which "believes that hearing voices is a part of human experience."

The recovery model can help people with minor mental illness. But Samhsa's allegiance to it neglects or harms individuals with severe psychiatric disorders. Most of Samhsa's annual $460 million in grants goes to community mental-health centers aimed primarily at the "worried well."

Samhsa's grants prioritize "prevention"—though there is no known way to prevent severe mental illness. Samhsa spends millions on anti-bullying coloring books and online kids games and pamphlets on how to handle emotional distress after floods: "Take care of pets . . .  Nature and animals can help us to feel better when we are down."

E. Fuller Torrey, who runs the Treatment Advocacy Center devoted to helping the severely ill, has noted that Samhsa's most recent long-term planning document is 42,000 words but contains not one reference to bipolar disorder, schizophrenia or schizoaffective disorder.

Sally Satel, a psychiatrist who served on an advisory committee to Samhsa, told a House committee last year that her review of the 288 programs on the agency's registry of "evidence-based" programs turned up only four aimed at severe mental illness. Most were aimed at helping substance abusers, or enhancing parenting skills, or helping kids recognize "anxiety." Samhsa had even refused to put assisted outpatient therapy on the list, though this is the most-effective program for severe illness.

Ms. Satel told the House how Samhsa leadership routinely rejected advice from the medical professionals on its advisory council. Jeffrey Geller, the director of public sector psychiatry at the University of Massachusetts Medical School, related to Dr. Satel: "Most members who served [on the Samhsa advisory council] during the years I served gave up attempts for meaningful input and left in disgust."

Pennsylvania Rep. Tim Murphy spent a year reviewing federal mental-health policies and in late 2013 introduced a thoughtful overhaul. One proposal would create a new HHS assistant secretary for mental health to streamline federal programs and take over Samhsa's grant-making—requiring that money go to evidence-based practices. The position would have to be filled by a medical professional.

Some conservatives oppose this new government position, but the status quo is worse—and dangerous. Samhsa is out of control and would be better off abolished. But if that can't be done, the Murphy bill would reorganize government to make it more effective and accountable. And as long as the government spends billions on mental health, it needs someone to streamline and make more effective its dozens of programs.

At the very least, someone needs to assure Americans that their tax dollars aren't feeding a culture of nontreatment. The risk to society from untreated mental illness is tragically obvious. It's well past time for Washington's politicians to clean up HHS's absence of oversight at Samhsa.

http://mentalillnesspolicy.org/samhsa/wsj_samhsa_hurts_3.23.14.html
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Request from D.J. Jaffe, director of Mental Illness Police Org.:

ASK REPRESENTATIVES TO SUPPORT HR 3717 - "THE HELPING FAMILIES IN MENTAL HEALTH CRISIS ACT" AND ESPECIALLY TO SUPPORT THE PROVISIONS THAT HELP THE MOST SERIOUSLY ILL (which are the ones the consumer movement is opposing):

Fund AOT Pilot Programs.

Eliminate SAMHSA Technical Assistance Centers. They fight states that want to preserve hospitals, implement Laura's Law, change civil commitment standards, and take other steps that get treatment to adults with serious mental illness.

Redefine SAMHSA's mission as helping people with serious mental illness vs all others.
Incorporate a "Need for treatment standard" in state civil commitment laws.

Reform HIPAA so parents can help get treatment for adult children with serious mental illness.

Reform the IMD Exclusion in Medicaid so adults who are too sick to live in the community can get care when they need it.

Prevent PAIMI from taking anti-AOT, anti-hospital, anti-civil commitment reform positions.

Contact office@mentalillnesspolicy.org 
Contact DJ Jaffe, founder http://mentalillnesspolicy.org

*****

AIMI SUGGESTS THAT CITIZENS DEMAND THAT GOVERNMENT OFFICIALS DIVEST THEMSELVES OF PRISON STOCK, OR AMERICA WILL CONTINUE TO PUNISH RATHER THAN TREAT THE MENTALLY ILL. ASK SAMHSA TO SHOW YOU THEIR ADMINISTRATORS' STOCK PORTFOLIOS. LOOK FOR PRIVATE PRISON STOCK.
http://www.samhsa.gov/

Do your elected representatives or their spouses invest in private prison companies? 
Join the ASSISTANCE TO THE INCARCERATED MENTALLY ILL Blogtalkradio broadcast for 4/16/14. Call (818)572.2947 at 9pm Pacific to speak on air, or join us by computer
http://www.blogtalkradio.com/nnia1/2014/04/17/assistance-to-the-incarcerated-mentally-ill Listen to the tapes for our shows anytime, and join us every Wednesday night for the live broadcasts.


It would be illegal to keep a dog in a tight space 23 hours a day and gas or Taser him for barking. It would be illegal to put a dog into a deadly restraint chair for control. But this happens to mentally ill Americans routinely in the nation's jails and prisons. What happened to Larry Neal?
Mentally Ill Americans Need Dog Justice. Treat mental illness medically, not legally.
Advocate for U.S. Congress to pass H.R.3717 - Helping Families in Mental Health Crisis Act

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

2014 Election: Human Rights for Mentally Ill

WELCOME to "Dog Justice for Mentally Ill" blog! Thank you for coming to help give Assistance to the Incarcerated Mentally Ill. Many exciting changes are underway regarding keeping people with serious mental illness out of prisons and jails and improving conditions for those who are presently incarcerated. Our officials are listening to us. We must take full advantage of this election year to push our agenda to decriminalize mental illness in America. Never has so much attention been focused on the plight of our mentally challenged citizens. Make Assistance to the Incarcerated Mentally Ill a campaign issue this election cycle.

Wise candidates for elected offices focus on prison reform and treatment for mentally ill constituents and people with substance abuse problems in order to improve community safety and reduce America's huge prison budget. Look for your representatives among the co-sponsors of H.R.3717 - "Helping People in Mental Health Crisis Act," a U.S. Congressional bill that would provide assisted outpatient treatment (AOT) programs, resume Medicaid insurance for psychiatric inpatients in certain facilities, and train our police officers and prison guards in how to apprehend and contain mentally ill people without excessive violence. 


If your representative is not among the H.R.3717's co-sponsors, please urge him/her to join the effort to give Assistance to the Incarcerated Mentally Ill and prevent more incarcerations of our most vulnerable citizens:
http://beta.congress.gov/bill/113th-congress/house-bill/3717/cosponsors

Please send your thanks to Rep. Tim Murphy (R-PA), who introduced H.R.3717, and congratulate congressional members who showed they care by co-sponsoring this important mental health bill. We presently have 74 co-sponsors for the "Helping Families in Mental Health Crisis Act," 50 Republicans and 24 Democrats. Ask those who are not among the bill's co-sponsors if they own prison stock that is expected to improve if adequate care is withheld from Americans with serious mental illnesses. Contact your elected officials by using this handy link 
http://www.usa.gov/Contact/Elected.shtml

Congratulations to U.S. District Court Judge Lawrence Karlton in Sacramento, who recently ruled that California's treatment of mentally ill inmates violates constitutional safeguards against cruel and unusual punishment through excessive use of pepper spray and isolation.
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/04/10/california-mentally-ill-inmates_n_5129376.html

Thank you, Judge Kariton and congressional co-sponsors of H.R.3717, for giving Assistance to the Incarcerated Mentally ill and reducing the likelihood of future arrests due to lack of treatment. We applaud your commitment to promote the human rights of Americans with mental disabilities and their families. Please read articles in this "Dog Justice for Mentally Ill" blog to see why your commitment is so important. Stories about sick people being killed by untrained police officers, imprisoned in torturous conditions, and denied adequate care are throughout this blog - not to embarrass the USA but to urge Change. We can and must do better. 

Elect people who prove they care about human rights, safer communities, and reducing the prison budget, which is currently over $70 billion annually. 

Mary Neal, director
Assistance to the Incarcerated Mentally Ill

Dog Justice for Mentally Ill

It would be illegal to keep a dog in a tight space 23 hours a day and gas or Taser him for barking. It would be illegal to put a dog into a deadly restraint chair for control. But this happens to mentally ill Americans routinely in the nation's jails and prisons. What happened to Larry Neal?

Mentally Ill Americans Need Dog Justice. Treat mental illness medically, not legally.
Advocate for U.S. Congress to pass H.R.3717 - Helping Families in Mental Health Crisis Act.
Elect people who promote justice for all. Five(5) links are in this article. 

Thursday, March 27, 2014

Bob Darby and Elizabeth Gaskins: Mentally Ill Homeless


Our special guests for March 28, 2014, on "Human Rights Demand" Blogtalkradio show are Bob Darby, an advocate for the homeless mentally ill, and Elizabeth L Gaskins, an elder in the Cherokee Nation.
http://www.blogtalkradio.com/humanrightsdemand/2014/03/28/bob-darby-advocate-for-the-homeless-mentally-ill

Call-in number (347) 857-3293 to speak on the show. Listen live at 3pm Eastern Time by phone or computer, or hear the show on the archived tape at the link above.

Bob Darby has a B.A. in psychology from Emory University and has attended graduate schools in psychology and theology. He is a former employee of Georgia Regional Hospital, Boston State Hospital, and New Hampshire's Hanover-Darthmouth Hospital. In 1994, he founded Atlanta Food Not Bombs and has been an advocate for the homeless mentally ill for more than twenty years.

Elizabeth Gaskins is a human rights advocate who hosts a weekly radio show on Human Rights Demand called "Native American Affairs - Freemen." Her show airs Wednesdays at 3pm. Listen to her debut broadcast, taped at this link
http://www.blogtalkradio.com/humanrightsdemand/2014/03/19/native-american-affairs--freemen

Elizabeth Gaskins will discuss how mentally ill people are subject to wrongful arrests rather than receiving proper care and treatment. We will discuss Jerome Murdough, a homeless Marine Corps veteran who suffered from schizophrenia and bipolar disorder who was arrested in Riker's Island jail and died there of overheating in a solitary jail cell in February 2014. Murdough essentially baked. Bob Darby will discuss how deinstitutionalization of the mentally ill during President Regan's term and simultaneous removal (through lack of funding) for the "safety net" of detoxification centers, group homes and outpatient treatment programs contributed to Murdough's avoidable death and the negligence of America's most vulnerable population. Jails and prisons have replaced hospitals for Americans with acute mental illness.

Dr. Mustafa Ansari, an international human rights attorney and Dean of the American Institute for Human Rights, spoke about Jerome Murdough's death on Riker's Island during his radio show on March 26. Murdough is the homeless, mentally ill veteran who was baked in a solitary confinement cell in February.
http://www.blogtalkradio.com/humanrightsdemand/2014/03/25/dr-ansaris-human-rights-updates

The National Alliance on Mental Illness says that if they get the chance, eighty percent of bipolars and sixty percent of schizophrenics could be successfully treated to fully participate in mainstream society. But such treatment and medications are not currently available to many of them, because the new "atypical anti-psychotics" and other new drugs are expensive and must be professionally administered under in-patient supervision.

First paragraph repeated: Our special guests for March 28, 2014, on "Human Rights Demand" Blogtalkradio show are Bob Darby, an advocate for the homeless mentally ill, and Elizabeth L Gaskins, an elder in the Cherokee Nation.
http://www.blogtalkradio.com/humanrightsdemand/2014/03/28/bob-darby-advocate-for-the-homeless-mentally-ill

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Jerome Murdough Radio Interviews: Homeless Vet Baked at Riker's Island


Jerome Murdough, 56, was a homeless Marine Corps veteran who was roasted to death at Riker's Island Jail in February 2014. No New York official or prison officials notified Murdough's family when he expired in a solitary confinement cell where the temperature was over 100 degrees. Murdough was in a section of the prison where inmates should be checked by the correctional officers every 15 minutes, but this was not done.

Assistance to the Incarcerated Mentally Ill (AIMI) will sponsor radio shows about Murdough's life and death and discuss how similarly situated Americans might be saved from what Murdough endured: numerous arrests, solitary confinement, homelessness, and avoidable death. Radio shows will be announced at this article. The general public is invited to call our radio programs during live broadcasts to share their viewpoints. Blogtalkradio links can access the live shows as well as recorded broadcasts that are available 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

Sunday, March 23: "Human Rights for Prisoners March" on Human Rights Demand channel (3pm EST Sundays). Mary Neal discusses Jerome Murdough's demise and the secret arrest and wrongful death of Larry Neal, her mentally, physically disabled brother who also perished in jail. (347) 857-3293
http://www.blogtalkradio.com/humanrightsdemand/2014/03/23/human-rights-for-prisoners-march

Tuesday, March 25: "Dr. Ansari's Human Rights Updates" on Human Rights Demand channel (1pm EST Tuesdays). Dr. Mustafa is an international human rights attorney and dean of the American Institute of Human Rights. (347) 857-3293
http://www.blogtalkradio.com/humanrightsdemand/2014/03/25/dr-ansaris-human-rights-updates

Thursday, March 27: Mary Neal interviews Bob Darby, a former member and organizer of "Food Not Bombs," author, public speaker, and advocate for the homeless mentally ill. (3pm EST on Human Rights Demand channel). (347) 857-3293, A link will be provided.

Background information regarding Jerome Murdough's death is in the next article,
"Mentally Ill Marine Vet Baked at Riker's Island: AP Blew the Cover-up"
http://dogjusticeformentallyill.blogspot.com/2014/03/mentally-ill-marine-vet-baked-at-rikers.html

Jerome Murdough suffered from schizophrenia and bipolar disorder. He was presumably arrested for trespassing and vagrancy when he sought shelter from harsh winter weather on the roof of a building in Harlem. Murdough had endured numerous misdemeanor arrests in the past, as is common among acute mental patients from the working class whose mental illness is essentially untreated.

Murdough would ordinarily visit his family at least once every three months and sometimes more often. He is survived by his 76-year-old mother, a middle aged sister, and a host of other relatives and friends. Associated Press (AP) notified Murdough's family of his death three weeks after he died.

Assistance to the Incarcerated Mentally Ill recognizes that Murdough's avoidable death is a worst case scenario of what happens when mental illness is criminalized instead of treated like a chronic health condition. Acute mental illness requires continuous monitoring and treatment like heart disease and other physical ailments. Treatment is ordinarily withheld when persons with severe mental illness suffer from anosognosia, which prevents them from realizing they have mental illness. Families are not permitted to commit mentally ill relatives to inpatient psychiatric treatment facilities unless they proved to be an immediate danger to self and others. Even when there are suicide attempts or assaults on family members and others, the mentally ill are usually jailed instead of treated in mental hospitals.

Information about anosognosia is available at Treatment Advocacy Center
http://treatmentadvocacycenter.org/component/content/article/1790

Severe mental illness is a disability that affects many of the 1.25 million mentally challenged inmates in America's jails and prisons. They comprise more than 60 percent of the 80,000 inmates who are relegated to solitary confinement, which further erodes their mental health. It costs at least $168,000 per year to incarcerate each inmate in New York and more for people who require special services like Murdough. Treating the mentally ill in AOT programs, which mandate continuous psychiatric care and provide subsistence assistance, is more affordable and just.

Please join our radio discussions about Jerome Murdough and similarly situated people.

Mary Neal, director
Assistance to the Incarcerated Mentally Ill (AIMI)
http://www.care2.com/c2c/group/aimi
Dog Justice for Mentally Ill
http://dogjusticeformentallyill.blogspot.com
Wrongful Death of Larry Neal
http://WrongfulDeathofLarryNeal.com


Paragraph 1 repeated: Jerome Murdough, 56, was a homeless Marine Corps veteran who was roasted to death at Riker's Island Jail in February 2014. No New York official or prison officials notified Murdough's family when he expired in a solitary confinement cell where the temperature was over 100 degrees. Murdough was in a section of the prison where inmates should be checked by the correctional officers every 15 minutes, but this was not done.

It would be illegal to keep a dog in a tight space 23 hours a day and gas or Taser him for barking. It would be illegal to put a dog into a deadly restraint chair for control. But this happens to mentally ill Americans routinely in the nation's jails and prisons. What happened to Larry Neal?
Mentally Ill Americans Need Dog Justice. Treat mental illness medically, not legally.
Advocate for U.S. Congress to pass H.R.3717 - Helping Families in Mental Health Crisis Act

Sunday, March 23, 2014

Mentally Ill Marine Vet Baked at Riker's Island: AP Blew the Cover-up

There was a time when I thought we could negotiate a confidential settlement regarding the secret arrest and wrongful death of Larry Neal. I assumed the government and The Cochran Firm would not want it known that a mentally ill heart patient who was a U.S. citizen was killed and his survivors were defrauded by a law firm carrying Johnnie Cochran's name. We initially believed Larry's death was accidental. Not only was Larry Neal's death NOT accidental, but authorities do not seem to mind if the whole world knows that mentally and physically disabled Americans are secretly jailed and killed and that such deaths are covered up. It happens regularly. Apparently, it happened to Jerome Murdough.

Jerome Murdough was a 56-year-old mentally challenged veteran who was BAKED to death in Riker's Island in February 2014, but his family was not told for weeks. Finally, AP notified Murdough's family, not prison authorities or his attorney. The prison reportedly informed Murdough's state-appointed attorney three days after his demise. Perhaps officials and the lawyer had agreed that Murdough's family must never to be told about their relative slow-roasting to death in a Riker's Island prison cell.

Like Larry Neal, Jerome Murdough had suffered numerous previous arrests due to his mental illness before his fatal incarceration. It is likely that officials had contact information for Murdough's relatives in his file. But officials withhold information about mentally ill citizens' deaths sometimes to spare themselves bad publicity and save money on wrongful death lawsuits. That is why AIMI recommends that families physically search jails when looking for missing loved ones. Merely calling authorities and filing a missing person report are insufficient, as police lied when Larry Neal was "missing" for 18 days in 2003. He was secretly incarcerated throughout that time. Larry died in Memphis Shelby County Jail, deprived of his heart medications and likely because of other inexcusable abuses of power. The Neals were NEVER told the circumstances of Larry Neal's death, and we are censored and persecuted for asking.


If not for AP contacting Murdough's relatives, Murdough might have been "missing" forever and presumed dead. That was the likely plan. If only The Cochran Firm had not pretended (under contract) to handle Larry Neal's wrongful death and negligence civil actions, the Neals would have contacted media companies much sooner than WE DID to notify the public about Larry's secret murder. The Cochran Firm swore us to silence immediately regarding Larry's death, which we did not recognize at the time as being a coldblooded, premeditated murder. By the time we discovered The Cochran Firm had secretly withheld our lawsuits while Tennessee's statute of limitations ran, nearly a year had passed, and mainstream media had obviously agreed to withhold reports about the "wrongful death of Larry Neal" (Google it). That is still the case today. As odd as it seems, Murdough's mom and sister (pictured below) are lucky. They do not have to investigate and report Murdough's death themselves. See links to reports about Jerome Murdough by AP and Mother Jones.


Mother Jones reports: 

(1) The United States operate 1,800 prisons and 3,000 jails. Like Alcatraz, they aren't about rehabilitation. They're about punishment.

(2) 80,000 people are held in solitary confinement every year.

(3) As many as half of all sexual assaults in prisons are carried out by prison guards.

(4) One fourth of the people incarcerated on Earth are incarcerated in the United States.

(5) We have 2.3 million Americans behind bars . . . they’re held at ADX Florence, Pelican Bay, and Rikers Island, where an inmate recently baked to death in his cell. Baked to death.

Rikers Island is the nation’s second-largest jail system with 12,000 inmates. A whopping 40 percent are mentally ill, and a third of them suffer from serious mental problems.

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Jerome Murdough was arrested after seeking shelter from harsh weather in New York in February. The meds he was administered for bipolar disorder and schizophrenia made the former Marine more susceptible to heat. One can only hope that Murdough was asleep as he slow-roasted in a solitary jail cell at Riker's.

APNEWSBREAK: NYC INMATE 'BAKED TO DEATH' IN CELL
http://bigstory.ap.org/article/apnewsbreak-nyc-inmate-baked-death-cell

Mother Jones: America's Worst Prison Closed 51 Years Ago. Except It Didn't
http://www.motherjones.com/mojo/2014/03/alcatraz-anniversary-51-years-ago


Condolences to Murdough's family and close friends. Hundreds of thousands of people of all races and ages who were labeled as being mentally ill were roasted in Nazi ovens before WWII. Our apologies for taking so long to decriminalize mental illness in the USA and give Assistance to the Incarcerated Mentally Ill. Our messages to the public and politicians are censored. Human rights advocates at AIMI hope that more care is applied in the future to ensure the safety of America's most vulnerable citizens and that victims and survivors are given due process instead of cover-ups when the system fails.


Citizen: One who by birth or naturalization owes a debt of loyalty to a country and is due protection BY that country (certain exemptions apply). Murdough showed his loyalty to the USA by enlisting in the military, but his protection as a homeless veteran was missing in action. Larry's family shows loyalty by enlisting in military service and paying taxes; however, we were told by federal court order that whatever was done to prevent lawsuit against Shelby County Jail was "immaterial." Certain exemptions apply no matter who is in the White House or over the Justice Department. 

Mary Neal, director
Assistance to the Incarcerated Mentally Ill (AIMI)
http://www.care2.com/c2c/group/aimi
Dog Justice for Mentally Ill
http://dogjusticeformentallyill.blogspot.com
Wrongful Death of Larry Neal
http://WrongfulDeathofLarryNeal.com

Paragraph 1 repeated: There was a time when I thought we could negotiate a confidential settlement regarding the secret arrest and wrongful death of Larry Neal. I assumed the government and The Cochran Firm would not want it known that a mentally ill heart patient who was a U.S. citizen was killed and his survivors were defrauded by a law firm carrying Johnnie Cochran's name. We initially believed Larry's death was accidental. Not only was Larry Neal's death NOT accidental, but authorities do not seem to mind if the whole world knows that mentally and physically disabled Americans are secretly jailed and killed and that such deaths are covered up. It happens regularly. Apparently, it happened to Jerome Murdough.

It would be illegal to keep a dog in a tight space 23 hours a day and gas or Taser him for barking. It would be illegal to put a dog into a deadly restraint chair for control. But this happens to mentally ill Americans routinely in the nation's jails and prisons. What happened to Larry Neal?
Mentally Ill Americans Need Dog Justice. Treat mental illness medically, not legally.
Advocate for U.S. Congress to pass H.R.3717 - Helping Families in Mental Health Crisis Act