Saturday, April 18, 2015

"AIMI vs. USA" re: Subverting Successful Reentry

An "AIMI vs. USA" claimant, Ms. Goolsby, reported at 9pmEST April 18, that her mentally ill son was recently re-arrested after being out of prison on parole for two years and denied his social security and Medicaid because Georgia's prison system refused to furnish the Social Security Administration with documentation proving that he was a psychiatric inmate who was treated for mental illness throughout his incarceration. As a result, the young mentally ill man lived homeless for most of the time he was out of prison. He had passed 13 drug tests, but he finally got so frustrated with being broke and hungry that he failed one and tested positive for #marijuana . Therefore, he is back in jail. Hear her
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Before being imprisoned, Goolsby had received disability income since he was a small child. His mother reports that due to the Georgia #prison system's noncooperation with the Social Security Administration, he could not make it and rejoined the 1.25 million mentally ill prisoners in the USA. Reasons like this cause America to have a 67.5 percent #recidivism rate. A disability #lawyer was working with the family to get the documentation from Georgia and resume the disabled young man's social security, and he had a job for a short while, but time is of the essence when trying to save mentally ill people from recidivism. Ms. Goolsby reported to me that her son's parole officer actually told him that if he cannot find housing, he should start camping in the parking lot of the probation office. That would have resulted in immediate arrest for vagrancy.

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How would things be different if America had no private prison system that allowed lawmakers, Justice Department personnel, probation officers, prison officials, prosecutors, and even defense attorneys to profit by sending people to prison? What if owning private prison stock was formally recognized as being the conflict of interest that it is for these public servants? One might consider the prison system in Norway for an example, where the focus is on rehabilitation, and there is presumably no attempt to undermine successful reentry by withholding released prisoners' social security income. Compare the picture atop this article of the mentally ill man in solitary confinement to the picture below where prison guards exercise with inmates. The New York Times published a report on Norway's Halden Prison in "The Radical Humaneness of Norway's Halden Prison"

Guards and inmates teamed up in the exercise yard of Unit C
by Knut Egil Wang for The New York Times

"'Better out than in' is an unofficial motto of the Norwegian Correctional Service, which makes a reintegration guarantee to all released inmates." American prison investors, however, say, "Keep 'em coming back. Subvert their efforts to successfully reenter society. We need the dividends!"

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Mary Neal, director
MLJ@Human Rights
Try to phone me at (678)531.0262 or (571)335-1741
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 nearly 12 years? Cover-ups regarding the wrongful deaths of mentally challenged inmates and free people in the USA are common but unacceptable.
Mentally Ill Americans Need Dog Justice. Treat mental illness medically, not legally. Support the H.R. 3717 "Helping Families in Mental Health Crisis Act." The U.S. congressional bill provides for crisis intervention team (CIT) training for police and corrections officers, assisted outpatient treatment (AOT) programs to stop recidivism, and other needed changes. Support "AIMI vs. USA" to compensate mentally ill people and their families for health discrimination.

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