I had a one time detainment when the County decided to "pick up the charges" for a minor family related incident....I had been living with high
functioning schizoaffective bi-polar for well over a decade and tranced out one day and involuntarily slapped my mother while in a fugue state.
It was my first - AND ONLY - act of aggression.
My parents were helpless to overturn the responding officer's "decision".
My parents made the mistake of calling 911 to request a transfer to an inpatient facility for medication evaluation and treatment as I was not acting
- (by any stretch of the imagination) - "normally". The responding officer took one look at my parents homestead and assumed we had money. He wrote
me up on aggravated assault charges and they threw me in a "violent confinement" rubber room with no bathroom facilities for a week while I was still
nonverbal, childlike and confused to the tune of $30,000 (yes, you read that right) bail
No one spoke to me during the ride there or through the entire booking process. I was left alone for a week after given an unknown psychotropic that
caused a terrifying epileptic response. No one checked in on me other than an occasional peek through the sheet of paper taped over the front of the
cell window to "observe" and a few undue rude comments. Those sadists probably enjoyed everything from the CCTV footage.
No toilet facilities, freezing cold, no sink and no blanket.
I didn't know how to work the intercom because I was so dissociated.
A week later they haul me before an in-jail judge and he asked:
"Do you understand the nature of the charges against you?"
I was so over-stressed from whatever medication they gave me, the constant 24/7 overhead light and social isolation (and still having fugue symptoms)
that I glanced up in a bit of an angry state from what I had been subjected to up to that point, and before I had a chance to check myself respond
politely and honestly that I did not, the Judge made up his own mind and sent me back to that room without another word.
I spent 2 and a half months in there with no human contact...while hallucinating visually and aurally.
The three "psychologists" they came to interview me during that time never spoke to me or asked any questions.
I still suffer serious anger issues over this and have frequent flashbacks of things that happened during my fugue in that room. No lawyer will touch
my case. Statue of Limitation has long since expired over 12 years later.
So this news article you think is so horrible?
CUT ME A BREAK.
Trivial compared to the realities of what happens to those of us who know right from wrong, are mental patients and NOT repeat offenders. At least
repeat offenders are given nicer accommodations 90% of the time, an if they're not, well, I suggest you get more involved in your local detention
centers and mental health facilities than worrying about Florida's management.
In case you haven't noticed, there's a lot more going on out there than the Mainstream news will even touch
But no one listens to us because we're "crazy" "delusional" or "off our medications", remember?
We're not VIABLE HUMAN BEINGS, we're "donation fodder" and "tax write offs" and "free funding".
At least Florida is making a step forward with the reality of things some people go through as Mental Patients.
Drug offenders and mentally competent offenders have it easier and with more leniency.
If nothing else, maybe this post will open some eyes to reality.
Godspeed - Godbless.
edit on 12/26/15 by GENERAL EYES because: it's me so...you know...formatting again. perfection is a burden.