We at Assistance to the Incarcerated Mentally Ill (AIMI) perceive that our pleas for human and civil rights of our most vulnerable citizens have fallen on deaf ears. Our relatives, friends, neighbors, and fellow countrymen who have serious mental illness are still being murdered during arrest attempts and as jail and prison inmates. Although America spends whatever is necessary to train military personnel, police and corrections officers still patrol our streets and correctional facilities without crisis intervention team (CIT) training and kill unarmed people experiencing psychiatric crises without any accountability.
Time is up. We are taking the USA to the U.N. in AIMI vs. USA - http://AIMI-HumanRights.blogspot.com >>No more killing sick, naked veterans, 107-year-old men experiencing old age dementia, petite, middle-age Latino ladies standing alone and vulnerable in their driveways, double amputees in their care homes, and no more prison murders and secret arrests and jail murders. We demand an end to withholding psychiatric treatment in order to await a crime that excuses the arrest of mental patients for avoidable tragedies without any concern about who is hurt. No more racketeering to earn prison profits at the expense of what is just, humane, and safer for our communities. Americans have had enough.
Decriminalize mental illness now. Move it back to being treated as a health condition and away from the criminal justice arena. We demand:
(2) crisis intervention team (CIT) training for police and corrections officers, and accountability for those who ignore their training to brutalize and kill sick people, and
(3) resumption of Medicaid insurance for psychiatric inpatients, which was stopped in the 1970s and led to the privatization of jails and prisons.
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 in deadly restraint for control. That happens to mentally ill people routinely in the nation's correctional facilities. What happened to Larry Neal? Why are we still asking that question after eleven years? Cover-ups regarding the wrongful deaths of mentally ill inmates are common and vile.