reply to post by MrWendal
I believe the guy, but what he suffered was nothing (despite it being totally unacceptable) in comparrision to some in our largest prison system in
the world, not just as a % of population but in outright numbers, loads of whom are in for smoking that which can not be named and used for labor
which puts folks on the outside out of jobs, because you can not compete with an enterprise that has such a low cost funded by the tax payer. I'm not
saying all our facilities are really bad, and I believe the vast majority of U.S. prison officers are decent individuals doing their best in difficult
circumstances. But when horrific abuse by the few goes unreported and uninvestigated, it solidifies into a general climate of acceptance among the
I knew someone that lost 15 lbs in 4 weeks, and they were not overweight by any stretch when they went in, it took 5 days to get them out once proven
not guilty because these "things take time". Heaven knows how long it would have been if family hadn't been calling every day. Prisons are their
own little worlds.... and it seems a lot of them are failing to maintain reasonable standards. Also heaven forbid if you have a mental illness and
your meds stop working (they can) and you say urinate in public, you are 3 times more likely to end up incarcerated that hospitalized on a 1013 (like
Britiny Spear's family did to her .. but then she had loads of money !)
The ACLU National Prison Project and Prison Law Office have filed a class action suit against the state of Arizona for neglecting prisoners' medical
and psychiatric treatment needs and inappropriately placing the mentally ill in solitary confinement for extended periods of time, causing further
trauma and deterioration.
In one horrific scene, a naked man, passive and vacant, is seen being led out of his cell by prison guards. They strap him into a medieval-looking
device called a ‘restraint chair’. His hands and feet are shackled, there’s a strap across his chest, his head lolls forward. He looks dead.
He’s not. Not yet.
The chair is his punishment because guards saw him in his cell with a pillowcase on his head and he refused to take it off. The man has a long history
of severe schizophrenia. Sixteen hours later, they release him from the chair. And two hours after that, he dies from a blood clot resulting from his
The tape comes from Utah – but there are others from Connecticut, Florida, Texas, Arizona and probably many more. We found more than 20 cases of
prisoners who’ve died in the past few years after being held in a restraint chair.
Frank Valdes started writing to local Florida newspapers to expose the corruption and brutality of prison officers. So a gang of guards stormed into
his cell to shut him up. They broke almost every one of his ribs, punctured his lung, smashed his spleen and left him to die.
Several of the guards were later charged with murder, but the trial was held in their own small hometown where almost everyone works for, or has
connection with, the five prisons which ring the town. The foreman of the jury was former prison officer. The guards were all acquitted.
Meanwhile, the warden who was in charge of the prison at the time of the killing – the same man who changed the policy on videoing – has been
promoted. He’s now the man in charge of all the Florida prisons.
Deborah Davies is a reporter for Channel 4 Dispatches (UK TV). Her investigation, Torture: America’s Brutal Prisons, was shown on Wednesday, March
2, at 11.05pm 2011.