Supporting Sanders for president is one way to express your disapproval of capital punishment. We congratulate Bernie Sanders and everyone who can #FeelTheBern for our victories in the Alaska, Washington, and Hawaii primaries. We urge officials everywhere to say DEATH to the death penalty.
Condolences to the family and friends of Adam Ward and Ward's victim. It is likely that if Ward had received timely, adequate treatment for his mental illness, both he and his victim might still be alive. Our most vulnerable citizens are continually killed by untrained and/or sadistic police and corrections officers or by State executions. AIMI finds this completely unacceptable. Articles throughout "Dog Justice for Mentally Ill" blog prove that avoidable tragedies are caused by the denial of treatment and the fact that mentally ill people in crisis are allowed to refuse treatment unless and until they PROVE themselves to be an immediate danger to self and others. Then they are jailed if they live through their lunacy arrests. AIMI believes that such rules were not made to protect civil rights but to increase prison profits, resulting in 1.25 million mentally ill prisoners in America today.
Mainstream media can no longer ignore the correlation between mental illness being denied treatment and prison profiteering. Mary Sanchez wrote an op ed that was published in the Kansas City Star:
"A scary truth: When businesses see profit in prisoners with mental illnesses"
(1) Support the H.R. 2646 "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 (subsistence assistance plus mandated treatment) to stop recidivism, resumption of Medicaid insurance for certain facilities, and other needed changes.
(2) Support "AIMI vs. USA" to compensate mentally ill people and their families for health discrimination.