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The U.S. Prison System Needs a Total Makeover

by Diane Dimond on April 14, 2014

[caption id="attachment_7447" align="alignleft" width="150"] Time to Re-Think the Prison System[/caption]  "We have embraced the idea that being mentally sick is a crime ..." It is way past time to overhaul the U.S. prison system. I’m not talking about a little tweak here and there. I’m talking about throwing a massive metaphorical hand grenade into the entire system and starting over from scratch. We should be ashamed of ourselves for allowing the system to have morphed into what it has. Why should you care about this? Well, because you’re paying for it. Between states and the federal government the U.S. spends about $74 billion a year housing, feeding, providing health care (such as it is in prison) for inmates and supervising the newly released. [caption id="attachment_7449" align="alignright" width="150"] America Leads the World - Per Capita - In Prisoners[/caption] The Bureau of Justice Statistics reported in 2012 there were nearly 7 million Americans under the supervision of adult correctional systems. Translated: One in every 108 adults in the United States was incarcerated, a per-capita world record. The problem, as I see it, centers on who we are locking up. The Washington Post reports that only one percent of them are in for murder. Four percent are serving time for robbery. The most serious charge against 51 percent of them is a drug offense. But here is the most startling, heart-wrenching statistic of them all. According to a Justice Department study more than half of the prisoners in the U.S. suffer from a bona fide mental illness. Among female inmates, about three-quarters have a diagnosable mental disorder. Why in the world are we locking up the mentally ill in the same place we house violent and predatory criminals? The answer is simple. Because there is nowhere else to put the “crazy people,” so we put them in jail after they act out. Many times their families have spent years begging for mental health care for their disturbed loved one to no avail. And sometimes, the “crazy people” deliberately commit crimes knowing they will be housed, fed and minimally medicated in lockup. [caption id="attachment_7450" align="alignleft" width="150"] Danvers Mental Hospital Stayed Open Until 1992[/caption] Back in the mid-‘50s, psychotropic drugs like Thorazine were found to be so successful in quelling mental patient’s delusions and agitation that within a decade society decided it was cruel to continue to institutionalize them. The abuse of patients and unsanitary conditions found at some mental hospitals were ascribed to all such institutions so we closed them down. Patients were given a prescription for their meds and told they were “free.” No one seemed to notice that the planned community mental health centers never materialized and when one of these former patients had a problem there were very few places they could go for help. The pattern continues to this day. There are simply not enough mental health beds to service everyone who needs help. Today, commitment is difficult and, sadly, we have to wait for the mentally ill to actually commit a crime before the state steps in. In the last few years, many of America’s mass murders were committed by untreated mentally ill people who should have been in a mental health care facility -- for their protection and for ours. It’s ironic, isn't it? The very society that once agreed it was unjust to lock people up in mental hospitals now allows the mentally disturbed to be locked up in much more dangerous jails and prisons. [caption id="attachment_7454" align="alignright" width="150"] Half the Prison Population Suffer From Mental Illness[/caption] We have turned our backs on these folks and our prisons have become de facto psychiatric facilities. We have decided that these are throwaway human beings and embrace the idea that being mentally sick is a crime. Our children and grandchildren are going to look back and wonder what was wrong with us. I could fill this entire page with quotes from wardens describing the horror of what happens to sufferers of schizophrenia, bi-polar disorders and other mental illnesses once they enter prison. But the ugly truth is that some of those same wardens employ practices that are, literally, creating even more disturbed individuals. The widespread use of solitary confinement in prisons has been shown to have a tremendously negative effect. Mostly because inmates -- be they habitually violent, in danger from other prisoners or simply a rule breaker -- are often held for months and even years in isolation. You know what being locked up, alone, for years at a time does to the human mind? According to Dr. Stuart Grassian, a veteran psychiatrist from Harvard who is considered an expert on the effects of solitary confinement, prolonged seclusion only leads inmates to exhibit more impulsive and violent behavior. “Ninety-five percent of these people will get out and be released back on the streets,” Grassian said on a National Geographic documentary. “All isolation will have done is make them as violent, crazy and dangerous as possible when they get out.” [caption id="attachment_7455" align="alignleft" width="150"] Solitary Confinement Does Definite Damage[/caption] So how long does the system continue doing what we know doesn’t work? When do the priorities shift away from warehousing chronic drug addicts with the hope that they will somehow cure themselves by their release date? When do we stop thinking it is morally defensible to house the mentally ill alongside career gang-bangers, rapists and killers? And, what will it take to convince prison administrators to reject the rage-filling practice of prolonged solitary confinement? Look, I’m not advocating letting anyone out of prison. I’m suggesting its way past time to take a fresh look at revolutionary new ways to spend that $74 billion every year. How about we start with a plan that separates the hard-core, habitual criminals from the mentally sick and persistently addicted? Keep the first group in a standard prison setting. Then, turn some of our prisons into psychiatric centers to help the more fragile inmates. The past confirms that an overwhelming majority of those who suffer from mental illness and addiction are not violent. They are lost souls who could possibly get their lives set straight if exposed to the right therapies and medications. [caption id="attachment_7459" align="alignright" width="120"] Mass Killer Laughner's Parents Looked for Mental Help For Years[/caption] I’m embarrassed that we have adopted a toss-and-forget attitude about so many of our weakest citizens. Prison is not where they belong and it certainly isn't where they will ever learn to become contributing members of society again. By continuing our current policies we insure only one thing: America’s per-capita standing as the world’s number one jailer. home  

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A Whistleblower’s Worst Nightmare

by Diane Dimond on March 24, 2014

[caption id="attachment_7400" align="alignleft" width="150"] Michael Winston - Still Paying the Price[/caption] Justice is supposed to be blind. But what happens when it turns out to be blind, deaf and dumb? Sadly, there is not enough space here to tell you the entire 7-year saga of whistleblower Michael Winston but the bottom line is this: He got royally screwed by the California judicial system. Winston, 62, is a mild-mannered Ph D. and a veteran leadership executive who has held top jobs at elite corporations like McDonnell Douglas, Motorola and Merrill Lynch. After taking time off to nurse his ailing parents Winston was recruited by Countrywide Financial to help polish their corporate image. He was quickly promoted - twice – and had a team of 200 employees. It’s almost unheard of for a top-tier executive turning whistleblower but that’s what Winston became after he noticed many of his staff were sickened by noxious air in their Simi Valley, California office. When the company failed to fix the problem Winston picked up the phone and called Cal-OSHA to investigate. Retaliation was immediate. Winston’s budget was cut and most of his staff was reassigned. [caption id="attachment_7404" align="alignright" width="150"] Countrywide's CEO, Angelo Mozilo[/caption] Several months later Winston says he refused Countrywide’s request to travel to New York and, basically, lie to the credit ratings agency Moody’s about corporate structure and practices. That was the death knell for Winston’s stellar 30-year-long career. When Countrywide was bought out by Bank of America in 2008 – following Countrywide’s widely reported lead role in the sub-prime mortgage fiasco that caused the collapse of the U.S. housing market – Winston was out of a job. In early 2011, after a month-long trial a jury overwhelmingly found that Winston had been wrongfully terminated and awarded him nearly $4 million. 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And if there is any doubt about a case they are legally bound to uphold the jury’s verdict.” None of the legal eagles I spoke to could explain why the Court of Appeal would do such an apparently radical thing. The Government Accountability Project, a whistleblower protection group in D.C. has been watching the Winston case closely. Senior Counsel Richard Condit says he believes the appeal judge wrongly “nullified” the jury’s determination. “This case is vitally important,” Condit told me on the phone. “Seeing what happened to Winston, who will ever want to come forward and reveal what they know about corporate wrongdoings?” GAP and various legal academicians are trying to figure out a way to get Winston’s case before the U.S. Supreme Court. [caption id="attachment_7406" align="alignright" width="150"] B of A Assumed All Countrywide Liabilities[/caption] There have been whispers about the possible malpractice of Winston’s trial lawyer failing to file crucial documents that might have satisfied the appeal court’s questions. His appellate lawyer didn't even tell him when the appeals court was hearing the case and Winston was out of town. The LA District Attorney and the Sheriff’s Department refused to follow up on evidence that Countrywide witnesses, including founder Angelo Mozilo, had blatantly committed perjury on the stand. Some court watchers speak of the, “unholy alliance” between big corporations and the justice system in California. Winston, who says he spent $600,000 on legal fees, further depleted his savings by appealing to the California Supreme Court. That court refused to hear his case. During one of our many hours-long phone conversations Winston told me, “So, here I sit,” The whistleblower. The good guy loses. And the bad guys, officials at the corporation that cheated and lied and nearly caused the collapse of the U.S. economy -- wins.” [caption id="attachment_7408" align="alignleft" width="150"] Feds: Too Big to Fail, Too Big to Jail[/caption] There’s a lot of talk out of Washington these days about “economic equality.” But seven years have passed since the housing crisis and the feds have not prosecuted one key executive from any of the financial giants that helped fuel the economic crash. Too big to fail – and too big to jail, I guess. Bank of America has spent upwards of $50 billion in legal fees, litigation costs and fines cleaning up the Countrywide mess. Their latest projections indicate they’ll spend billions more before it’s over. To my mind a stiff prison sentence for the top-dogs who orchestrated the original mortgage schemes would go much further than agreeing that they pay hefty fines. That’s no deterrent to others since they all have lots of money. A recent e-mail I got from Michael Winston, a proud man who has been unemployed for four years, said: “I have just received (a) court order mandating that I pay to Bank of America over $100,000.00 for their court costs. This will be in all ways – financial, emotional, physical and spiritual – painful.” If a top-tier executive can’t prevail blowing the whistle on a corrupt company, if the feds fail to pursue prison terms, and if a jury’s verdict can be over-turned without the opportunity to appeal -- what kind of signal does that send to the dishonest? You know the answer. We’re telling them it is okay to put profit above everything else. We’re telling them to continue their illegal behaviors because there will be no prison time for them. At worst they may only have to part with a slice of their ill-gotten gains. This is not the way the justice system is supposed to work. home  

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An Open Letter to Mr. Lanza

by Diane Dimond on March 17, 2014

[caption id="attachment_7380" align="alignleft" width="144"] Lanza Wishes He Had Done More[/caption]           “With hindsight, I know Adam would have killed me in a heartbeat, if he’d had the chance …The reason he shot Nancy four times was one for each of us: one for Nancy, one for him, one for Ryan, one for me.”                                            ~ Peter Lanza, father of mass killer Adam Lanza Dear Mr. Lanza, First, may I tell you how deeply sorry I am for the loss of your son, Adam? As a mother myself I cannot imagine my child committing suicide and the never-ending pain that action must bring with it. Here’s hoping you know how many people have prayed for your family since the terrible tragedy in December 2012. I’m writing to say how glad I am that you finally spoke publicly about your youngest child. Like you, many of us hope that speaking out about your son’s mental illness will help other struggling families with afflicted children. I wonder how many of them fear their children might turn dangerous too. [caption id="attachment_7385" align="alignright" width="150"] Lanza at Sandy Hook Elementary School[/caption] While reading the New Yorker article about you I had to smile when you described Adam as, “Just a normal little weird kid,” who was intellectually curious and loving. Then, I felt sadness for you and your ex-wife, Nancy, as the writer described Adam’s increasing self-isolation – smelling things that weren't there, washing his hands obsessively and his anti-social behaviors. When you had to tell his elementary school teachers to watch him for seizures I guess you knew that Adam was more than a little “weird.” From reading the story it seems Adam’s 2005 diagnosis of Asperger’s syndrome gave you some hope of finding meaningful solutions for your son. I realize you and your ex-wife had separated back in 2001 but I was glad to read that you stayed close to 13-year-old Adam and his big brother, Ryan. So what the hell happened, Mr. Lanza? Why, on the morning Adam walked in to his mother’s bedroom and pumped four bullets into her face and then gunned down 26 innocent children and their teachers at Sandy Hook Elementary had you not spoken to him in two years? I don’t mean to be disrespectful here but you were the grown up in this equation – the male figure in your son’s life – and you let weeks, months and years go by without communicating face-to-face with your obviously troubled son? [caption id="attachment_7386" align="alignleft" width="120"] Nancy Lanza - Adam's First Victim[/caption] I read that he was angry at you after a dispute about how many classes he should take. That was all it took to shut him down – forever? You said when Adam refused to see you, “I was hurt. I never expected that I would never talk to him again. I thought it was a matter of when.” But two whole years went by! You knew Adam never accepted the Asperger’s diagnosis and he was prone to fanciful thinking. He wanted to take college courses. He wanted to join the military. You knew your wife had a lifelong hobby of shooting and that there were guns in the home. If you weren't responsible for Adam who, besides his now dead mother, was? I’m not asking to be rude, I’m asking to understand how a parent can become so clouded in their thinking about a mentally ill child’s behavior that they allow that youngster to dictate the rules of the house. How does that even happen? Sadly, I have to assume that similarly burdened parents are reacting the same way when they can’t find good quality mental health care solutions for their kids. The author of the article, Andrew Solomon, wrote about you that, “He constantly thinks about what he could have done differently and wishes he had pushed harder to see Adam.” [caption id="attachment_7388" align="alignright" width="135"] The Haunted Last Look of Adam Lanza[/caption] I truly wish you had pushed harder too, Mr. Lanza. If only you had gone back to that big beautiful yellow home nestled behind the knoll in Newtown, Connecticut you might have noticed, for example, that your 20-year-old, six-foot-tall son weighed only 112 pounds at the end. I checked the official Body Mass Index and was astounded to learn that Adam’s BMI was 15.2. People in the “underweight” category have a BMI of 18.5. Your son fell into the “starvation” and “anorexia” group. A study I read says prolonged semi-starvation brings on severe emotional instability, hysteria, anti-social behavior and depression – conditions it sounds like Adam already suffered. I have to believe if you had only seen him in that haunted looking state you would have done something, right? If you had gone to visit Adam during those last two years you also might have noticed that he had covered the windows in his bedroom with thick black plastic. You might have noticed his stack of violent video games, the newspaper articles he collected about school shootings or the photos he had of dead humans wrapped in plastic. A check of his computer might have brought up his spreadsheet about mass murders, the rights of pedophiles or the selfies he took while holding guns to his head. Your ex-wife might have finally admitted that Adam was refusing to eat or talk to her, communicating only via e-mail from behind his bedroom door. [caption id="attachment_7393" align="alignleft" width="150"] State's Fascinating Final Report on Lanza[/caption] I’m sure you’ve probably read that lengthy report by the Connecticut State’s Attorney’s office about your son’s mass murder, Mr. Lanza. It concludes Adam was a kid immersed in his own spiraling and destructive hell and your ex-wife was intent on trying to manage it all herself. So, how did you envision your son’s future? You got it right, I fear, when you described Adam’s final fatal actions by saying, “You can’t get any more evil.” You wished he had never been born and admitted, “How much do I beat up on myself about the fact that he’s my son? A lot.” I am truly sorry for your loss, Mr. Lanza, but it is the parents of those 20 murdered children and the families of the dead teachers I mourn for the most. They had everything to live for. Inaction by both you and Nancy and the nation’s mental health system insured Adam was lost long ago. I pray that this nation wakes up and comes to the realization that we either help the helpless like Adam or be condemned to suffer their sometimes inexplicable and explosive wrath. home    

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Death For The Boston Bomb Suspect? Doubtful

by Diane Dimond on March 3, 2014

[caption id="attachment_7321" align="alignleft" width="135"] Dzhokhar Tsarnaev Mugshot[/caption] If I were a betting woman I’d plunk down $10 right now and bet that suspected Boston Marathon bomber, Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, will die in prison and not in an execution chamber. Yes, U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder recently announced the feds will seek the death penalty for Tsarnaev, but chances are the 19-year-old may never face the possibility of being put to death by the U.S. government. Why do I say that? First, let’s review some facts. Tsarnaev and his older brother Tamerlan, 26, are accused of planting powerful bombs at the Boston Marathon’s finish line, causing the deaths of three people and the wounding of more than 260 others. [caption id="attachment_7340" align="alignright" width="150"] The Bombs Unleashed Hell in the Streets[/caption] One of the dead was a police officer who was shot and killed during the ensuing manhunt for the brothers. The older Tsarnaev was shot four days later during a final street confrontation with police. His death was hastened according to the official indictment after his wounded little brother ran over him while fleeing the scene in a stolen car. Young Dzhokhar was found the next day hiding in a covered boat in the residential neighborhood of Watertown, Massachusetts, not far [caption id="attachment_7323" align="alignleft" width="150"] Dzhokar At Moment of Capture[/caption] from the bombing site. Inside the boat he had scrawled a handwritten message saying in part, “The U.S. Government is killing our innocent civilians. I can’t stand to see such evil go unpunished… We Muslims are one body, you hurt one you hurt us all.” The message ends with the confessional line, “Stop killing our innocent people and we will stop.” As the evidence against the surviving brother has mounted -- and been widely reported -- it doesn’t seem that any jury would ever find him not guilty. But history shows Dzhokhar Tsarnaev might never face a jury. According to the Federal Death Penalty Resource Counsel in almost half of federal death penalty cases over the last 25 years prosecutors ultimately withdrew the threat of death before trial.  Instead, they agreed to plea agreements that resulted in life in prison with no possibility of early release. [caption id="attachment_7333" align="alignright" width="150"] Last to be Executed by Feds: Timothy McVeigh[/caption] Further, since the federal death sentence was re-instated in 1988 seventy defendants have been sentenced to the death chamber but only three have actually been executed: Oklahoma City bomber Timothy McVeigh in June 2001, Juan Raul Garza eight days later and in March 2003, Louis Jones Jr. received a lethal injection courtesy of Uncle Sam. (For the record, the three convicted murderers were – in chronological order – White, Hispanic and Black.) But let’s say prosecutors stick to their guns on the Boston bombing case, refuse to offer Tsarnaev a plea bargain and he actually goes on trial. I’m still not convinced he will get the death penalty. Tsarnaev’s lead defense lawyer is none other than Judy Clarke who has been called, “A master strategist in death penalty cases” and one who has an unmatched track record of humanizing high-profile murder clients and keeping them off death row. [caption id="attachment_7334" align="alignleft" width="150"] "Master Strategist" Attorney Judy Clarke[/caption] Among those for whom Clarke has life sentences instead of a date with the executioner: The Unabomber, Ted Kaczynski; the Atlanta Olympics bomber, Eric Rudolph; A September 11th co-conspirator, Zacarias Moussaoui and the young man who shot Arizona Congresswoman Gabby Giffords and killed six others, Jared Loughner. Jurors don’t relish condemning to death defendants who were teenagers at the time of their crime because everyone knows teens often do stupid, impulsive things. Attorney Clark is sure to use both Tsarnaev’s young age (he turned 20 in custody) and his culturally different and turbulent upbringing to appeal for mercy. The Tsarnaev family emigrated from Russia in 2002. Dzhokhar is the youngest of four children born to a patriarchal and religious family whose Muslim faith considers elders to be important authority figures that are followed without question. [caption id="attachment_7335" align="alignright" width="150"] The Late Tamerlan Tsarnaev[/caption] Using one of the oldest tricks in a criminal defense attorney’s briefcase Ms. Clarke will likely play on jurors sympathy by emphasizing that Dzhokhar’s actions were heavily influenced by his fractured family and his controlling, more radicalized older brother. She will probably stress how Dzhokhar felt abandoned after being left, virtually alone, in the wake of his parent’s divorce. Both his father and mother moved back to Russia. The only one he had left to rely on was his older brother. Sob stories like these have actually been known to work when it comes time to sentence a defendant. Another reason I doubt this young man will be condemned to execution has to do with the current public perception of capital punishment. Nationally, the latest Gallup poll indicates, that public support for the death penalty continues to decline. Only about 60 percent of Americans support the idea these days. But in the state of Massachusetts -- where any Tsarnaev trial is likely to be held -- a Boston Globe poll conducted statewide last fall revealed only 33 percent of citizens wanted Tsarnaev to get the death penalty. 57 percent said he should be sentenced to life in prison with no possibility of parole. It is a fact that federal prosecutors don’t like to bring cases to court that aren't a slam-dunk win. Another fact: it will be difficult to seat a death-penalty qualified jury in a state like Massachusetts. Once a potential juror says they cannot vote for capital punishment they are disqualified. [caption id="attachment_7336" align="alignleft" width="150"] Boston AG Carmen Ortiz's Team to Prosecute[/caption] Look, I may be all wet. The marathon attack was the most significant anti-American terrorist act on American soil since the tragedy on September 11th, a fact that is hard to dismiss. If there is a trial and if it is actually held in Boston and not moved to another jurisdiction, disfigured victims of the bombing may attend the proceedings to show the jury, first-hand, the damage done to them. The anti-death penalty trend of the past decade may snap at that point and Tsarnaev may, indeed, face the executioner’s needle. But as I said at the outset, if I were a gambler I wouldn't bet on it. home

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I know a tweet count is far from hard scientific data but consider it a sort of internet focus group on how citizens react to today’s overabundance of news. As the Searchmetrics list clearly shows the top stories on the Twitterverse weren't about celebrity break-ups or addictions, they weren't about sports or movies or business news, BUY AVODART NO PRESCRIPTION. Is AVODART addictive, That so many hundreds of thousands of Americans would bother to tweet-share so many crime and justice articles helps erase the idea that the public is apathetic about the topic.

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My point in looking back at the most popular news stories of 2013 is twofold. Get AVODART, First, is a very personal reason – the knowledge that I am not alone in caring about crime and justice issues. From nationwide manhunts and shootouts illuminated by the fire of an exploding Cadillac to legal cases that define who we are legally allowed to love and marry -- these are topics that define who we are as a people, AVODART reviews.

The second reason is to thank all those who take the time to stay informed about what is going on in the world around you. It is so important, BUY AVODART NO PRESCRIPTION. Purchase AVODART online no prescription, In these seemingly contradictory, us-versus-them days, when we define ourselves by which candidate we voted for it is really nice – dare I say, AVODART schedule, heartening -- to know so many Americans still want to be well-versed on news that’s not so readily available by flipping on the television.

Thanks for caring. And thanks for reading this column every week. As a wise man – a mentor of mine - once told me, “You can never go wrong having too much information in your head.”

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Interesting update on the motivations for Evan Ebel's murderous spree here.  Retaliation for his solitary confinement.

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