The 41 links in this article do not open in a new window, so please use your back arrow to return to this blog, or read all before opening links. I enjoy tweeting so much that I have neglected my blog. Tonight, however, the cyberdogs are running so much interference on TWITTER that I thought I would publish at my FreeSpeakBlog (the name's a joke). Thanks for stopping by http://freespeakblog.blogspot.com/ - I tried to tweet the following and was prevented:
1. Read: The More, the Stronger! http://www.care2.com/c2c/share/detail/881916
2. @GOOGLE @TWITTER, when I browse for "KoffieTime Twitter" Google links won't move past pg 1, although there are 10 pgs listed
3. Visit my Care2 page - http://www.care2.com/c2c/people/profile.html?pid=513396753
PRISON TORTURE IS REPORTEDLY GOING ON RIGHT NOW IN UTAH STATE PRISON. It is reported that inmates are naked in freezing cells, mentally ill inmates are tortured and advised to commit suicide, and food is withheld from diabetic prisoners to induce coma. See the complaint at this link: http://www.care2.com/c2c/groups/disc.html?gpp=17280&pst=894386
Prison Reform Community Center hopes that mainstream media will report the torture and murders are underway in Utah State Prison. However, human rights, particularly prison torture and wrongful deaths, is a very censored topic in the U.S. In fact, my article entitled "HUMAN RIGHTS FOR PRISONERS MARCH," is the most censored article I ever wrote. That is saying a lot! See the article below following brief introduction.
During summer 2009, U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder made it clear that real justice should take precedence over procedure, and commendable steps toward real justice are being taken. Promising legislation is pending before Congress and under consideration by state legislatures across the nation. The most important pending congressional bill regarding the justice system is H.R.619, introduced on January 21, 2009, by Rep. Eddie Johnson (D-TX). H.R. 619 proposes resuming Medicaid funds for inpatient treatment for eligible middle-class and indigent mentally ill people. Withdrawal of Medicaid funding for hospitalization of mental patients in crisis led to today's overcrowded prisons and high prison costs. The former psychiatric nurse's congressional bill is needed to help decriminalize mental illness in America and end discrimination against the only people in the country who are arrested for evidencing their chronic health conditions. Denial of psychiatric services is directly responsible for numerous murders and around 1.25 million incarcerations in America. Treatment is more humane, just, and less expensive than withholding treatment and then imprisoning mental patients, usually AFTER some avoidable tragedy.
Censorship remains a major problem around human rights issues in America, and it takes courage to address injustice. Hear my October 11, 2009 interview with Rev. Pinkney, a brave minister who was imprisoned for quoting the bible. I discuss my most frightening stalking experience since revealing the secret arrest and wrongful death of my handicapped brother in 2003 and beginning our justice quest for Larry Neal and other wronged Americans:
Read first-person reports by seven Pennsylvania inmates who made sworn statements that they are electrocuted, beaten, half-starved, and verbally abused because they reported being tortured. Prison guards were reportedly dissatisfied with the outcome of the 2008 presidential election and took it out on some African American inmates, including mentally ill prisoners. The Pennsylvania inmates beg for your help at this link (if the link below is not allowed to work, please browse for "Mary Neal Care2 Sharebook," where you can read about this and other pressing matters):
Prison Torture in Pennsylvania
Whereas prison torture has been exposed and condemned in America's offshore prisons, abusive conditions with often deadly results like those reported by the Pennsylvania prisoners continue largely unchecked inside the country's correctional institutions. Furthermore, racially motivated incidents of police brutality continue to threaten the cohesion of our social structure.
Torture in American Prisons - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IWxpQ87C4t4
When Larry's survivors sued The Cochran Firm for fraud upon discovering the firm had contracted with us in a secret conflict of interest and then used its position as the family's wrongful death attorneys to protect Shelby County Jail, authorities bonded together to protect The Cochran Firm from the lawsuit. The Neals' lawsuit was dismissed before going to jury, with the court saying that there is no Cochran Firm office in Georgia where suit was filed and served to the firm's Atlanta office. Federal court ordered that The Cochran Firm's fraud against Larry Neal's family was "immaterial," presumably because African American inmates and their families are, particularly if the inmates are mentally disturbed. Six years later, we do not know what information is being kept secret about this handicapped American's secret arrest and death in the bowels of Shelby County Jail, because his family is denied any records or investigation. Perhaps Larry Neal was used for waterboarding practice. See the website below:
Wrongful Death of Larry Neal and Cochran Firm Fraud
The link below reveals that The (Johnnie) Cochran Firm, which contracted to be our wrongful death attorneys, certainly did their part to hide the circumstances of Larry's final incarceration and death. The firm's lawyers even pleaded with a federal judge to prevent Larry's survivors from accessing Larry Neal's jail records during our lawsuit against the firm for its fraud and malpractice. It was because The Cochran Firm used its position as our attorneys to protect our defendants from exposure and paying damages that they were being sued in the first place. People who were trained in "enhanced interrogation" techniques reportedly received around 80 hours of training. Were African American mental patients like Larry Neal their training subjects? Why is there such determination to keep the circumstances of Larry's incarceration secret, despite the fact that Americans' "inalienable rights" are violated by secret imprisonment and U.S. laws provide for open disclousure. Where did "enhanced interrogation" trainees learn waterboarding techniques - in American jails?
Cochran Firm: Judge, Don't Make the Jail Tell About Larry Neal!
Mainstream news refuses to report any events regarding Larry Neal's secret jailhouse murder and The Cochrn Firm fraud, although mainstream media has improved by reporting more prisoner abuse within America. Even some media owners are prison profiteers. Containing negative news about America’s prison industry is of paramount importance to private prison owners and investors who profit substantially from the imprisonment of 2.3 million people. Americans have been surprised at the identities of some highly respected persons who are prison profiteers holding responsible positions in our nation, like the veteran Pennsylvania judges who earned $2.6 million in kickbacks by channeling poor children into a private detention center. This writer presumes that prison profiteering is also prevalent among elected officials, the judiciary, and decision makers in mainstream media, which would account for the lack of coverage given to prisoner abuse and inmate deaths inside America, where the prison industry costs taxpayers $50 billion each year,*** and untold millions are earned through prison work projects. Why investigate and tell on oneself? People don't cook the goose that lays golden eggs. See the link below about Pennsylvania judges enriching themselves at the expense of poor American children, who happened to be mostly Caucasians. It makes no real difference to prison profiteers what race their victims are.
Judges Pled Guilty in “Jailing Children for Dollars” Scheme
Many decision makers profit significantly by America having the largest incarceration rate in the history of mankind and by high rates of recidivism, excessive sentencing, criminalizing mental illness, poor funding for prison rehabilitation programs and youth work and recreation projects. Where is the incentive to Change negative circumstances when one profits millions annually by their perpetuation? Before Americans go to court on any criminal matter or civil suit against police or a prison, they should be allowed to see the judge's portfolio - and their own lawyer's, too. When citizens learn that police officers in their municipality are being outfitted with Tasers, they should ask to see investment portfolios of those who appropriated the funding. The concerns listed herein and lack of media coverage have a simple and old explanation - greed.
Prisoners inside America who are detained in public and private correctional facilities are frequently subjected to torturous conditions, depravation of medical care and psychiatric treatment, and some die, including non-violent offenders and many of the country's most vulnerable citizens who are chronic mental patients like Larry was. He spent 20 years mostly as an inpatient in an asylum before many such institutions were closed in the 1970's and sick people were released to live homeless throughout the country.
Probably because Larry Neal’s 2003 death was covered up by authorities instead of being met with justice, Memphis Shelby County Jail continued its abuse against other inmates. See the raw footage of transgender detainee Duanna Johnson's 2008 beating while Shelby County Jail personnel merely watched at this link. Johnson was murdered before filing the lawsuit planned against the jail.
Following are excerpts from a Washington Post report on prison torture that occurred in secret offshore determent camps.
Medical officers who oversaw interrogations of terrorism suspects in CIA secret prisons committed gross violations of medical ethics and in some cases essentially participated in torture, the International Committee of the Red Cross concluded in a confidential report that labeled the CIA program "inhuman." One prisoner reported being shackled in this manner for "two to three months - seven days of prolonged stress standing followed by two days of being able to sit or lie down."
COVER-UPS ARE COMMON after inmates and citizens are killed by law enforcement. See another example of jail personnel who resist cooperating with a prisoner abuse and murder investigation at this link:
(a) restitution to inmates' victims,
(b) pay a portion of their own incarceration fees to unburden taxpayers,
(c) pay child support so inmates' children can avoid becoming another expense for taxpayers while parents are incarcerated, and
(d) enable released inmates to afford a home, a business, or further their education upon prison release. Why should the proceeds of prison laborers go to private prison owners and investors who are already compensated around $50,000 per year per prisoner in some states and even more for sick and condemned inmates? People exiting prisons need more than financial counseling to become viable members of a community - parolees need financial ASSISTANCE. I recently met a man who was just released from a Georgia prison with only $25 to start his new life. That is a situation that might induce parolees to return to crime. Make prison owners pay minimum wage and end slavery in America.
Mandating minimum wage for prison laborers would also end unfair competition for labor contracts between prison owners/investors and other American workers. Many of the jobs that Americans think moved overseas actually moved behind prison walls. Inmates are paid less than third-world country wages and have no benefits. If prison laborers have an on-the-job injury, taxpayers pay for their medical treatment. When inmates' injuries are not treated and they become disabled, their status as disabled inmates can mean more revenue to the prison owners, since costs for medical services, special equipment, and other provisions for mentally or physically handicapped inmates are also billed to taxpayers, whether or not those services and provisions are actually provided to sick and injured prisoners. Therefore, whether the inmates remain healthy or become mentally or physically ill or handicapped is a win/win situation for prison owners and investors. For this reason, there is too little emphasis placed on providing quality inmate health care and worker safety.
Financial and housing counseling proposed in H.R. 766 would also help identify the needs of mental patients being released from hospitals, but counseling alone will not be useful to chronic mental patients. This is particularly true of those suffering from "anosognosia," which prevents acute mental patients from recognizing their own illness. Such patients exit the hospitals and jails and quickly discontinue their therapy, necessitating re-hospitalization or re-arrest. Taxpayers experience no savings when mental patients fail to get proper care and provisions for continued treatment when dismissed from institutions. Frequently, released psychiatric patients commit crimes ranging from simple vagrancy to murder, like 32-year-old Na Yong Pak, a woman who was released from a mental health facility in Georgia last year and promptly murdered her mom - burned her to death.
Na Yong Pak - Released from Mental Facility and Promptly Burned Her Mother to Death
Georgia saved nothing by ignoring this family’s protests and dismissing Pak from the hospital earlier than needed, which resulted in her mom’s death and a felony murder arrest for Pak. Neither will incarceration "rehabilitate" the mentally ill woman. Her brother reports that she asked him during a visit when she could go home. She probably expects to see her mom there. http://www.cbsatlanta.com/news/18683942/detail.html
Pak's family is devastated, another sick person was charged and probably sentenced to a lengthy, expensive prison term, and the only people who might benefit are prison owners. Private prison profiteers benefit even when people go to public prisons because until public correctional facilities are full, privately owned correctional facilities do not get inmates. Consider how certain Pennsylvania judges allegedly curtailed funds for the public juvenile correctional facilities in order to channel children who appeared before their benches into private prisons. The same thing happened on a much grander scale in the 1970's when mental institutions were depopulated and sick Americans were supposedly "deinstitutionalized." Many mental hospitals are closed, community care is limited, and mandatory treatment is largely outlawed, leaving chronically ill people like Na Yong Pak to become inmates rather than inpatients. It does not seem to matter enough to decision makers that prolonged treatment for Pak and many others would prevent deaths.
Chronic mental patients exiting institutions should be placed in an assisted outpatient treatment (AOT) program like Kendra’s Law that combines subsistence assistance with mandatory outpatient treatment. Kendra’s law reduces homelessness, recidivism, and future hospitalizations by 85% or better. Furthermore, fewer arrests mean safer communities and less expense to taxpayers. Lawmakers are making changes that indicate they are more cognizant of this truth.
Thanks in large part to the economic downturn, elderly inmates are eligible for early release in some regions. Releasing elderly, handicapped, and chronically ill inmates would reduce the prison budget substantially as well as exercise compassion.
Prison Biz News: Compassionate Release v. Prison Hospitals http://freespeakblog.blogspot.com/2009/11/prison-biz-news-compassionate-release-v.html
Reducing America's incarceration rate is the humane and financially prudent thing to do. It can be easily accomplished through early release programs, jail diversion for drug users and the mentally ill, releasing non-violent mental patients to community care with enforced treatment and subsistence provisions, increasing and improving prisoner rehabilitation programs, supporting parolees' reorientation into society through re-entry programs that help with jobs and housing, and like programs. The most important change needed is to allow post-conviction DNA testing and give new trials when warranted by substantial new evidence. No government should foster a system that allows unwarranted or excessive punishment. Freeing innocent inmates saves money that should not be spent to rehabilitate and punish people while the guilty parties remain free to commit more crimes. Ensuring the guilt of imprisoned persons promotes community safety and saves money on unwarranted, unjust punishment. The Innocence Project helps inmates be cleared of wrongful convictions by providing DNA tests, usually over the objections of district attorneys who do not seem to care whether defendants are guilty or innocent. Please support the Innocence Project today. More about DNA testing is available at this link: http://www.innocenceproject.org/ and in some of my NowPublic articles at http://NowPublic.com/duo advocating against wrongful convictions and the death penalty, such as the article at the link below:
U.S. Supreme Court Rules Against DNA Testing Rights; Death Penalty is No Crime Deterrent
Since the 1980's, America has had a steady increase in its incarceration rate until this nation now imprisons more people than any other nation in world history. It is now time to reverse that trend and use the savings from our prison budget to address some of the damage that has been done to budgets for education, health, and social welfare. Restoration strengthens families, communities, and the economy. It is good government.
NOTE: Your comments are invited at this blog post. Please add me to your email list if you deal with human rights issues: MaryLovesJustice@gmail.com - Should you get no response to inquiries at my email address within 24 hours are invited to phone me at 678.531.0262. Please aware that the censorship team put a false message on my phone the week of 12/11/09 saying my number is out of service. I have changed my phone number several times due to Cointelpro-like take-overs, but changing my email addresses and phone numbers does not help. I am censored and stalked while deprived of normal police services in part because I maintain that:
(b) Every available resource should be used to ensure that only the guilty are punished. Wrongful convictions that could be avoided are criminal deprivation of citizens' rights. Americans are supposed to have "inalienable rights" to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness, all of which are lost when one is incarcerated. Therefore, it is the government's responsibility to ensure that only people who have actually forfeited those rights are punished by imprisonment or execution. Please see the articles at the links below:
I Didn't Do It, Your Honor! http://freespeakblog.blogspot.com/2009/09/i-didnt-do-it-your-honor.html
How Important is Innocence in Criminal Justice?
(c) Private prisons should close. Private prisons would no longer be needed if America's 1.25 million imprisoned mental patients were either relocated back to mental hospitals (where they were before prison profiteering) or released to their communities under mandated treatment provisions, depending on their offenses. Correctional facilities are necessary and should be owned and operated by the people through the people's government. It smacks of slavery to capture people from their communities and delivering them to private business owners who financially profit from their internment by billing taxpayers and by using inmates' youth and vigor for enforced servitude, especially in an atmosphere where their humanity is ignored. In fact, America's prison industry was born immediately following the Civil War, and inmates are overwhelmingly poor whites and minorities. Africans and poor whites from Europe's ghettos were slaves and indentured servants during America's settlement. Slavery was never abolished, but rather, it thrives in America's prison industry. Slavery, which made Southern plantation owners and businessmen in New England wealthy before the War Between the States, is still one of the most profitable enterprises in this country.
(d) Rehabilitation and job training should be the primary focus during imprisonment. Since 90% of inmates have a release date, the emphasis for "correctional" institutions should be on preparing inmates for successful re-entry into society, not exclusively on punishment for crimes. Judges and juries frequently decide that defendants found guilty of crimes should be incarcerated, but torture (including solitary confinement) should not be a part of their punishment.
(e) Capital punishment is murder. Jesus paid for all of us to have the opportunity to CHANGE. It is wrong to kill people and deprive them of the opportunity that Jesus provided with His own blood. Furthermore, between the time when capital crimes are committed and executions are carried out, many condemned people have already changed. Middle-aged people are oftentimes executed for acts done when they were teens. How much have you changed since you were 19? The answer is not to execute condemned persons sooner, because most exonerees were imprisoned for a decade or two before proving their innocence and being freed on new evidence or finally having "a fair day in a just court" (Troy Davis's words). Quicker executions would therefore result in more innocents being murdered by the State, like Cameron Todd Willingham was in Texas in 2004. It is time to end prison torture within the U.S.A. and kill the death penalty.
Elected officials care about what voters care about, and voters cannot care about conditions they do not know about. But there are villains who wish to prevent voters from learning about injustice and corruption in our justice system and abusive conditions within America's correctional facilities, where two-thirds of inmates were convicted of non-violent crimes. They also seek to prevent the public from learning about humane, cost-saving remedies to America's high incarceration rate that would also promote community safety. My regular readers probably recall how the Human Rights for Prisoners March article was frequently attacked at NowPublic.com, where it was originally published. This is my most highly censored work to date. The article disappeared several times, and it is invisible again (see where it should be at this link: http://www.nowpublic.com/world/human-rights-prisoners-march-was-postponed-weather ). Only some of the comments remain at the original site of the Human Rights for Prisoners March article at NowPublic.com as of this date. Over 2,000 people read the article at NowPublic. Since it was removed from public view again, I decided to post it here, and it has gone out via email to hundreds of people and was published on blogs across the nation.
Human rights for prisoners is censored, especially my articles. I think it is very significant to know WHAT the censorship staff deletes. In addition to my Human Rights for Prisoners March article having been repeatedly removed from public view, my Care2 article regarding Senator Rockefeller's Senate Bills 773 and 778 to give the presidential office the power to shut down the Internet was also deleted. Furthermore, on the list of 26 issues presented below, I discovered that numbers 24 and 25 were covertly coded to be ineligible for the copy/paste function when I published the list on an online invitation to listen and comment to the radio show where I was the guest of Rev. Pinkeny on October 11.
Mary Neal's October 11 interview on Rev. Pinkney Blogtalk Radio show - link: http://freespeakblog.blogspot.com/2009/10/mary-neal-discusses-human-rights-for.html
My punishment for writing about prisoner issues and protecting the Bill of Rights for ALL Americans is not limited to cyberterrorism, but includes actual stalking.
Only 30 addressees actually received the 566 American Greetings eVites for the interview that I sent to 566 people. No explanation was given by American Greetings, although I inquired. That was similar to the censorship I endured publishing this article and invitations to join the Human Rights for Prisoners March, which was to be held in Atlanta on May 16, 2009. The invitations to the march were also hindered, Yahoo bounced over 2,000 of my emails during daily suspensions of my email service that occurred within a few weeks of my announcing the demonstration due to illegal attacks on my email box, and the email box another online service issued me in respect Human Rights March invitations was fake or sabotaged after being issued to me. The mailbox was coded to neither send nor receive emails. Human rights and protection of Americans' civil liberties are concepts that are attacked online.
Assistance to the Incarcerated Mentally Ill (“AIMI”)
a/k/a The Dorothea Dix Group
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