“The real hopeless victims of mental illness are to be found among those who appear to be most normal.” Aldous Huxley
“The real hopeless victims of mental illness are to be found among those who appear to be most normal. “Many of them are normal because they are so well adjusted to our mode of existence, because their human voice has been silenced so early in their lives, that they do not even struggle or suffer or develop symptoms as the neurotic does.” They are normal not in what may be called the absolute sense of the word; they are normal only in relation to a profoundly abnormal society. Their perfect adjustment to that abnormal society is a measure of their mental sickness. These millions of abnormally normal people, living without fuss in a society to which, if they were fully human beings, they ought not to be adjusted.”
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A Preventable Death in an Arizona Prison
March 9, 2013 By Solitary Watch Guest Author
Guest Post by Carl ToersBijns
Carl ToersBijns worked in corrections for over 25 years, holding the positions of a correctional officer, chief of security at a mental health treatment center, program director, associate warden, and deputy warden of administration and operations in both the New Mexico and Arizona Departments of Corrections. He specializes in consulting and developing strategic plans for sound correctional practices, mental health treatment, security threat groups, training and staff development. He has published three books in the Wasted Honor Trilogy, as well as the book Gorilla Justice: Caged War Veterans, the Mentally Ill and Solitary Confinement, and has written blog posts on Corrections.com and as a guest writer for Yahoo. In the Anthony Lester case, he has been interviewed several times by local media on the subject of correctional practices and issues surrounding Lester’s death
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The nightmare started in 2009, when a young Native American man named Anthony Lester was convicted of his first felony offense–one count of aggravated assault for a stabbing that took place during a foiled suicide attempt–and sentenced to twelve years in an Arizona prison. Tony Lester had been diagnosed with schizophrenia while still in high school; he heard voices and had a history of mutilating and otherwise harming himself. He clearly needed help, so his family asked the Arizona Department of Corrections (ADC) to honor the court order that was issued by the judge hearing the case. That judge had stated that Lester should be housed in a mental health treatment unit rather than in the general population, where there is no immediate provision to treat those with severe mental illnesses, who have difficulty coping and functioning while incarcerated.
The ADC ignored the court order and housed Lester to Tucson State Prison, infested with Native American gangs demanding Lester pay protection for his presence on the yard. Tony Lester shared his concerns for his own safety with prison officials, and was segregated in a detention unit until his protective custody process was completed. The family informed officials of Lester’s mental illness, and their response was that this particular inmate was manipulative and trying to avoid living on the yard where he faced gang extortion.
Several times the family tried to get their point across–that Lester suffered from a debilitating mental illness, and that he was court ordered to remain on all psychotropic medications. The family was shocked when they found out that inmates have the right to refuse their medications and that Lester was still being housed in a tiny detention cell awaiting final disposition on his protective custody. While isolated in detention, Lester decompensated and was put on a suicide watch.
Then, on July 11, 2010, the family received a call at 11:45 pm, telling them that Tony Lester had been taken to the hospital with non-life-threatening injuries. A call notifying them of his death came three hours later, 2:45 am. An investigation was conducted and the death was ruled a suicide by razor blade. The razor blade that Lester had used to mortally wound himself had been given to him by mistake by an officer who forgot to remove the razor from the prisoner’s personal hygiene kit, less than two days after he had come off a suicide watch.
When the first responders arrived, they did not enter the cell immediately, as they alleged they could not see Lester’s hands and feared he had a weapon hidden. They waited for more staff to arrive and safely removed the cellmate who reported the fact that Anthony Lester was hurt and bleeding badly. (Since Anthony Lester was asking for protection from Native American gang members, he should never have been double-bunked with another Native American who knew of Lester’s suicidal ideations and self-harming behaviors.)
At the time the emergency incident was called in, one sergeant and four correctional officers and one video recorder operated by a correctional officer entered the cell and offered no first aid or assistance to the inmate. Instead, Tony Lester lay in the upper bunk, bleeding, waiting for help to arrive. Barely breathing on his own and moaning the words “help,” he was told by the officers that help was on its way. No one tried to stop the bleeding by applying pressure to Lester’s wounds, until EMS staff arrived to take him to the hospital. By then it was too late. Anthony Lester bled to death with half a dozen people standing by, doing nothing.
The family and an investigative reporter from KPNX New 12, a local television station, fought for two years to have the video released and made public. The graphic video (which appears below) was finally aired at the end of last month. It drew the attention of an Arizona lawmaker, Minority Leader Chad Campbell, who promised a full legislative oversight hearing on Anthony Lester’s death.
Lester is only one of many prisoners who have died in Arizona during the administration ADC Director Charles L. Ryan, a former contractual employee of the Department of Justice who oversaw portions of the Iraqi prison system (including Abu Ghraib before the scandal broke out). Another was Marcia Powell, a women with mental illness who baked to death in the sun in an outdoor holding cell. Several others have killed themselves, often in isolation units, in a state prison system with a suicide rate that is well above the national average.
An interview with Dr. James Gilligan revealed alleged violations of the Eight Amendment and other human rights violations, as the video reveals this expert’s opinion that the Department of Corrections did not fulfill its custodial and constitutional responsibilities toward Tony Lester, and ignored his basic civil rights.
15 hurt in prison fight are out of hospitals (azstarnet.com)
Arizona Prison Ends Fight Involving 400 Inmates (abcnews.go.com)
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400 Inmates Fight: Prison Watchdog Groups Speak Out (theepochtimes.com)
A Preventable Death in an Arizona Prison (solitarywatch.com)
FORTRESSES of SOLITUDE from SOLITARYWATCH (inprisonedwomen.wordpress.com)
400 inmates were fighting for hours in Arizona – even THEY can’t get along!!! (bonjublog.com)
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A Longitudinal Study of Violent Behavior in a Psychosis-Risk Cohort. Brucato G1, Appelbaum PS1, Lieberman JA1, Wall MM1, Feng T1, Masucci MD1, Altschuler R1, Girgis RR1.
Neuropsychopharmacology. 2018 Jan;43(2):264-271. doi: 10.1038/npp.2017.151. Epub 2017 Jul 26.
A Longitudinal Study of Violent Behavior in a Psychosis-Risk Cohort.
Brucato G1, Appelbaum PS1, Lieberman JA1, Wall MM1, Feng T1, Masucci MD1, Altschuler R1, Girgis RR1.
There is a lack of insight into the relationships between violent ideation, violent behavior, and early, particularly attenuated, psychosis. Our aims were to examine the relationships between baseline violent behavior and violent ideation and outcome violent behavior and conversion to psychosis in at-risk individuals. We longitudinally assessed 200 individuals at clinical high risk for psychosis for violent ideation and violent behavior using the Structured Interview for Psychosis-Risk Syndromes (SIPS), and rated these according to MacArthur Community Violence categories. Fifty-six individuals (28%) reported violent ideation at baseline, 12 (6%) reported violent behavior within 6 months pre-baseline, and 8 (4%) committed acts of violence during the follow-up time period. Information about violent ideation was obtained only by indirect, but not direct, inquiry about violent ideation. Both violent ideation and violent behavior at baseline significantly predicted violent behavior (RR=13.9, p=0.001; RR=8.3, p=0.003, respectively) during follow-up, as well as a diagnosis of psychosis (RR=2.3 and 2.4, respectively; both p<0.001), independent of more than 40 clinical and demographic variables. The targets of the subjects’ violent ideation at baseline were completely different than their subsequent targets of violent behavior. Violent behavior occurred within 7 days (SD 35 days) of a diagnosis of syndromal psychosis. These data suggest that checking carefully for violent ideation and behavior in clinical high-risk patients is essential, as these have predictive value for conversion to psychosis and likelihood of violence in the future.
PMID: 28745307 DOI: 10.1038/npp.2017.151 https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/28745307
On Tuesday, April 28, Cold Case detectives with the Major Crimes Division obtained Natasha McKenna’s completed autopsy report from the Department of Health, Office of the Chief Medical Examiner.
As quoted from the Report of Autopsy regarding Natasha McKenna,
“Cause of Death: Excited delirium associated with physical restraint including use of conductive energy device, contributing: Schizophrenia and Bi-Polar Disorder”
“Manner of Death: Accident”
Detectives are still awaiting examination reports for the medical equipment that was utilized to monitor McKenna’s vital signs prior to paramedics responding to the Adult Detention Center.
As is customary in all complex criminal investigations, forensic analysis of all potential evidence, though time intensive, is standard to ensuring all proper and fair conclusions are reached based on accurate and detailed facts. This detailed and thorough investigation, once complete, including all evidence collected, including the recently received medical examiner’s report, any audio or video recordings, witness statements, and…
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Graphic Video Shows Natasha McKenna Tased in Jail Before Her Death
A Virginia sheriff’s department released a video today showing the in-custody events leading up to the death of mentally-ill inmate Natasha McKenna after she was shot with a Taser multiple times by authorities. The video’s release comes just days after a Fairfax County official decided not to seek criminal charges in connection with the deadly incident.
The 48-minute long video posted on YouTube starts with a filmed statement from Fairfax County Sheriff Stacey Kincaid discussing this week’s announcement that criminal charges would not be brought, and explaining that various media reports about what happened compelled her to release the Video.
“There is no better way to share what actually occurred than to make this video availability for the community to view in its entirety,” Kincaid said. …
and explaining that various media reports about what happened compelled her to release the Video.,
The 48-minute long video posted on YouTube starts with a filmed statement from Fairfax County Sheriff Stacey Kincaid discussing this week’s announcement that criminal charges would not be brought
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Mentally-ill female inmates housed in male facility: report
Ombudsmna says Canada’s federal prisons, “serve no underlying correctional or rehabilitative purpose.”
10 hours ago
October 31, 2017
Some female inmates with serious mental-health conditions are being sent to a men’s facility for treatment, a practice the federal prison ombudsman calls “completely unacceptable” in a new report.
Canada’s correctional investigator, Ivan Zinger, also said that while the use of solitary confinement has decreased significantly in the past few years, conditions “continue to be problematic” and Indigenous inmates are still overrepresented.
In his first report since being appointed to the job in January, Mr. Zinger focused on the conditions of confinement in Canada’s federal prisons, which “serve no underlying correctional or rehabilitative purpose.”
The wide-ranging report touched on everything from poor food quality, unsatisfactory work opportunities and unsafe transport vehicles, making 17 recommendations to the Correctional Service of Canada (CSC). It also calls for terminally ill inmates to be able to access medical assistance in dying, as well as a safe tattooing program in federal prisons….THE GLOBE AND MAIL