Guilty of Being Sick: Mentally Ill behind bars

The U.S. mental health system treats all mental illness as short-term, easy to solve problems of ‘behavior’.

Most mental health coverage in the U.S. rules out long-term hospital stays, as well as long-term psychotherapy.

For profit psychiatry took the treatment protocols for substance  abuse disorders and decided to use them for everyone, regardless of diagnosis.

I am the first to concede that practicing mindfulness makes life better in general.

But it is not the first line treatment for illnesses that rob the brain of its ability concentrate and use reason.

People sick enough to become homeless need intensive case management and long-term structured treatment facilities.

The ‘prison industry’ wants to fill that need for ‘long term’  treatment.

“Mental health problems are rampant in local jails, often because the illness was a primary factor in the offensive conduct. The cost of caring for and supervising mentally ill inmates makes them two to three times more expensive to house. Once released, they often stop taking their medications, which lands them in trouble with the law and back behind bars.” NYT FEB. 27, 2017

Mental Illness, untreated Behind Bars

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An alarming trend has emerged giving private prison profiteers control of person’s fate for life, not just the term of a prison sentence.

The CEOs who built billion dollar empires as partners in ‘tough on crime’ policies are adapting to prison reforms by re branding themselves ‘treatment’ providers.

They see the collapse of our public mental health system as an opportunity
to expand and profit from long-term psychiatric hospitals, civil commitment centers, and ‘correctional’ treatments.

Correct Care Solutions, formerly known as GEO Care, a spin-off of GEO Group, has deep roots in the private prison industry. Although the company has shifted and changed numerous times over the last few years, CCS currently runs seven “treatment” facilities in Florida, Texas and South Carolina, including five mental health facilities and two civil commitment centers.

See more at: Incorrect Care


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Steven “Jesse” Bernstein: Tribute

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WARNING: This poetry can be very depressing and cause anxiety in some. Please read or listen to with caution for your own emotional state. Jesse is also a genius in his expressions and descriptive poetry.

Mr. Bernstein was an amazing “Spoken Word” poet that went through way too much. His birthday was on December 4th. Rather then tribute his suicide (A loss for all), I prefer to celebrate his birthday. I thought I would introduce some of you to his poetry. Remember it can get rough.

I hope to publish some spoken word poems of my work on here someday.

Enjoy and please take pay attention to the warning above. I relate to this poem. Never having self-esteem ever for my looks… FACE And of course MORE NOISE

I hope you find a new poet you love listening to him…

Steven Jesse Bernstein — Face

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More Noise by Steven…

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Saturday Evening Interview 8-27-16

Interview of Sonni Quick by Lisa of Life of an El Paso Woman

Life of an El Paso Woman

According to the Prison Policy Initiative web site, around 2.3 million are incarcerated in the U.S. The U.S. locks up more people than any other country in the world. Blogger Sonni Quick is currently working on a book about the hundreds of letters she and Jamie Cummings have exchanged for years. Jamie is an inmate in a Texas prison. He’s also the father of one of Sonni’s grandsons. Sonni Quick’s blog, “My Name is Jamie” shares a variety of posts about their letters, the prison system, her music and more. Because of the interesting and robust information Sonni is sharing, her interview is broken up into two parts. Welcome to Life of an El Paso Woman, Sonni. ************************************************************************* 

Jamie CummingsJamie and his son  July 2013

SHARP TURN TO THE LEFT

Things happen in our lives that have the potential to change everything. We have the opportunity to make these turns or we can ignore them…

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EDUCATE TO LIBERATE……

Read these shameful figures and cast your votes with an eye on the future. The corruption didn’t happen overnight and it isn’t going to change in one election cycle…but we can start the process now! End the For Profit Prison System.

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