Michael Anthony Kerr, Inmate With Schizophrenia, Died Of Thirst After 35 Days Of Solitary. An autopsy released earlier this week says the 54-year-old inmate, who had schizophrenia, died of dehydration. The report also said he was receiving no treatment for the symptoms of his mental illness.
A written policy at the North Carolina Department of Public Safety allows prison staff to respond to the "misuse of plumbing facilities" by turning off the water to an inmate's sink and toilet. State prison officials did not respond Friday to questions about whether water to Kerr's cell was cut off in the days before his death. Huffington Post carried the report: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/09/26/michael-anthony-kerr-inmate-died-thirst_n_5890998.html
MICHAEL A KERR
Offender ID: 0484330
Inmate Status: INACTIVE
Probation/Parole/Post Release Status: INACTIVE
Ethnic Group: AFRICAN
Birth Date: 05/08/1960
Incarceration Status: INACTIVE
Total Incarceration Term: 31 YEARS 9 MONTHS 25 DAYS
Conviction Date: 01/14/2011
Projected Release Date: 07/17/2039
Primary Crime: HABITUAL FELON (PRINCIPAL)
Primary Crime Type: FELON
Special Characteristics: REGULAR Current Status: N/A
Admission Date: 01/14/2011 Admission Facility: CENTRAL PRISON
Control Status: DISCIPLINARY SEGREGATION Next Control Review: 04/21/2014
Custody Classification: CLOSE Next Custody Review: 01/01/2015
Current Location: NOT PUBLIC INFORMATION Previous Location: CENTRAL PRISON
Last Movement : DEATH
Last Movement Date: 03/12/2014
Kerr was listed as a "habitual felon," because the system responded to his schizophrenia by penalizing rather than treating him. Condolences to his family and friends. They killed my brother, too.
Mentally Ill Americans Need Dog Justice. Treat mental illness medically, not legally. Please advocate for your congresspersons to pass H.R.3717 - The "Helping Families in Mental Health Crisis Act." Try to elect people who support human rights and justice for all, not prison investors who have a conflict of interest in voting to decriminalize mental illness in the United States of America, supposedly an equal opportunity nation.