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Jun 9, 2009

~ HERE IS THE NEW PETITION FOR JEREMY SMITH. PLEASE LET ME KNOW IF YOU HAVE PROBLEMS ACCESSING AND SIGNING THIS PEITITION.  

http://www.thepetitionsite.com/111/Justice-for-Jeremy2  

Gina, Jeremy's mom, informed me that Jeremy is in danger of having his prison term lengthened because he made a terrorist threat to a guard.  Jeremy's case shows the prison profittering game - arrest mental patients and withhold their meds - then wait for them to do something to add more time to their sentences. This provides an excuse to bill taxpayers FOREVER to criminalize mental illness in someone like Jeremy, a schizophrenic.  Can California really afford to keep paying over $50,000 per year per mental patient to incarcerate thousands of people for being sick?  I suppose it can - all California has to do is close some more parks and schools and reduce services to the elderly and needy. 

The sin is not only against Jeremy, but against California taxpayers. If this sick young man gets a THIRD STRIKE because he talked bad to a guard, taxpayers could pay $3 million over the course of Jeremy's lifetime to imprison him for being sick.   It is time for taxpayers to demand Assisted Outpatient Treatment programs in every state.  While YOUR services are being cut, prison profiteers improve their portfolios and many sick people like Jeremy Smith suffer.  See Jeremy Smith's closed petition and read some of the responses at this link: 
http://www.thepetitionsite.com/1/JusticeForJeremy

When California and other states get serious about saving money without sacrificing public services and programs, they should decriminalize mental illness and repeal the death penalty.  Those two changes will save billions off state budgets, restore hundreds of thousands of mental patients to wholesome living, promote humane treatment for psychiatric patients, and restore justice. 

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Gov. Schwarzenegger Targets Only Low-Income Californians


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Tom
- 5 days ago - californiaprogressreport.com
The governor wants to kick 90 percent of the low-income elderly, blind and disabled clients out of the In Home Supportive Services Program, despite the fact that IHSS saves California taxpayers hundreds of millions of dollars a year.

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