PRISON ABUSE IN THE USA condoned by US Government and US Citizens
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From: shirley dicks
Sent: Friday, June 04, 2004 9:48 AM
Subject: [patrickcrusade] article
And here is my original article sent to the papers
Medical Abuses in the prison system kill more prisoners
each year than the death chambers, and the Jeff Dicks Medical Coalition
is one of the few organizations that addresses this important issue. They
don't condone criminal activity, but believe that neglect of inmates'
President Bush is taking a big interest in the prison
abuses in Iraq, and has stated that the abuse in Abu Ghraib prison "doesn't
Again, In 1996, a videotape that surfaced that year depicting
prison guards brutalizing inmates in the Brazoria County Detention Center
in Angleton, TX. The tape, which was originally shot for use as a training
video, showed riot-clad guards beating prisoners (arrested on
Shirley Dicks, president of the JDMC says, "I'm appalled
that the killing, raping, beatings and tortures that American prisoners
Why are guards, medical personnel and others who are committing these acts of torture in our own prisons not being brought to justice as well? They are no better than the prisoners they are mistreating. They are criminals themselves when they rape, beat, torture and deny medical care to those under them, and as such should be tried and convicted the same as those soldiers are going to be. It may be that the most serious cost of prisoner abuses to society is that it takes non-violent offenders and turns them into people with a high potential for violence, full of rage and eager to take vengeance on the society that they hold responsible for their utter humiliation and loss of manhood.
Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld, in an unannounced visit
to Iraq, declared that allegations of prisoner abuse by U.S. soldiers were
"a body blow to us" but vowed that those responsible would "be brought
to justice." I wonder if Mr. Rumsfeld would visit our prisons
I could quote you hundreds upon hundreds of cases of physical abuses, rapes, killings and medical neglect cases, much worse than we've seen done overseas. A few cases in point: A 73-year old woman in a wheel chair was down in the surgery unit, she was reported to be immensely bloated (her stomach being the size of a basketball) and was wheeled back to her room where she was left alone in the dark vomiting.
A man entering prison with two artificial legs had them taken away because they "could be used as weapons," then guards gave him a top bunk and a kitchen job to amuse themselves. A cancer patient so sick he qualified for the compassionate release, but when they discovered him with 1/10th gram of cannabis trying to stop vomiting, they said and meant, "You can just die here."
A lady in her mid-fifties went to the prison medical staff
complaining of her heart. They gave her Tylenol and told her, "Don't come
back unless you're bleeding." She died in the night of a heart attack and
when the screaming brought the medical staff, the guards shoved the dead
woman with their knees saying, "Get up from there, you aren't hurt." These
few cases are not the isolated cases that people would like to believe,
and anyone who would like to know more can contact me. We are not a caring
and loving society in the US, but brutal, cruel with no regards to human
The US condemns China, Peru, and others for inhumane treatment
of their prisoners, yet crimes against humanity in the US carried out on
their own people are unrelenting and unabated. The guards break demarcations
of cruelty and ignorance. They instigate rage, bitterness and resentment.
This is what we deal with. This is the product of your tax dollar...paying
for their profits and guaranteed recidivism. This is the ideology you are
voting for. Funny but I don't hear the outcry against it, no one is talking
about how cruel and inhumane the treatment is. I don't hear of the guards
being sentenced for their crimes against the prisoners. I don't hear our
President demanding that we clean up our prisons. Tell me, what is the
difference? Is this the land of the free? That is a myth perpetrated by
the rich and powerful in our country who can do anything even commit murder
and get by with it.
No prisoner anywhere should be treated in such a manner
and I also agree that this kind of treatment needs to be stopped. Prosecute
those who continue to treat these human beings in such an inhumane way.
Look into our own back yards and fix our problems, which are many. Times
have not changed much since we burned witches at the stake. Let's hear
it from the newspapers, announcers, talk show hosts and our President about
how horribly inhumane treatment and abuses are going on in our US prisons.
I invite Mr. Bush and Mr. Rumsfeld to check into these cases, to go to
the organizations who know what is going on such as the JDMC, Amnesty,
CURE, and many others who try to bring it to the public but it's hard to
do when the media refuses to print the other side.
Laurie Dicks, sister of Jeff Dicks had this to say. "Personally,
I am offended that people in prison are tortured, humiliated, and killed
I had been sending articles to the newspapers about the
abuses in our prison system, and it seems as if one at least was printed
Here is my answer....any pointers or thoughts on a better answer if I get more would be appreciated...
One issue doesn't have anything to do with the other.
What they did was wrong and I feel every bit as strongly about them as
Violence is wrong when others do it, and violence and abuse is wrong when Americans do it on each other. Not everyone in the prison system is guilty, which is brought home every day with DNA testing. If you care about human lives, everyone in the prison is a human being who have families who love them....some are there for nothing more than driving on revoked license, or smoking pot.
If you want to live next to decent human beings, then
those who are raping, beating, and killing prisoners need to be brought
I'm not saying that what those people have done to us
is right, but who knows if the prisoners that they are abusing are the
I'm not sticking up for anyone who has committed a crime.
They need to pay for their crimes and loss of freedom and being in prison