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Jun 28, 2009
Justice Department Files Complaint and Reaches Settlement to Improve Conditions at Texas State Facilities for Persons with Developmental Disabilities

WASHINGTON – The Justice Department announced today a simultaneous lawsuit and settlement with the state of Texas concerning the care given to residents of the state’s 13 facilities for persons with developmental disabilities. Along with the settlement agreement, the Department will file a complaint initiating a lawsuit against the state in federal court. An independent monitor will be appointed to oversee the state’s compliance with the settlement agreement and the court will retain ultimate jurisdiction.

The facilities are state-owned and operated residential facilities that serve nearly 5,000 persons with developmental disabilities. The agreement, which will be subject to the approval of the U.S. District Court in Austin, Texas, addresses concerns about conditions and practices at the facilities, which led the Department to investigate potential violations of the Civil Rights of Institutionalized Persons Act (CRIPA).

"The Justice Department is committed to protecting the fundamental rights of all our citizens. This agreement reflects that principle by protecting the civil rights of some of Texas’s most vulnerable residents," said Attorney General Eric Holder.

The state of Texas fully cooperated with the Justice Department’s investigation. Under the terms of the settlement agreement, the state will work to ensure that facility residents are safe and that they receive the care and services necessary to meet their individualized needs. Specifically, the state has agreed to undertake a variety of measures, including: providing a safe and humane environment with zero tolerance for abuse or neglect of residents; providing adequate medical care, nursing services, and nutritional and physical support, including therapy and communication support; providing adequate psychological and behavioral services and psychiatric care; providing adequate habilitation; providing adequate integrated protections, services, treatments, and supports; and, ensuring that residents are free from undue bodily restraint. The state will also ensure that each resident is served in a setting that is as well integrated into the community as possible, as required by the Americans with Disabilities Act and the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision in Olmstead v. L.C., 527 U.S. 581 (1999).

Under the terms of the agreement, Texas will fund and work with an independent monitor, who will oversee the state’s compliance with the agreement. The agreement contemplates that the state will reach compliance within five years, but it will continue until compliance is achieved.


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Mar 18, 2009

Andre Thomas

Finish this sentence:  Someone who eats both his own eyes is __________________.


The man is literally EATING HIMSELF, yet the judge said Andre was sane enough to stand trial after a brief hospital stay.

Please visit this link to read comments by people who CARE about humane treatment for sick Americans. Join them by signing yourself and leaving your own comments:

No Execution for Acute Mental Patient Andre Thomas

Target:  Governor Rick Perry
Sponsored by: Assistance to the Incarcerated Mentally Ill

ANDRE THOMAS, an acute mental patient on Texas Death Row, pulled out his only eye and ate it on January 9.  An officer at the Polunsky Unit found Thomas in his cell with blood streaming down his face and took him to the infirmary.  The schizophrenic inmate had already eaten his left eye in 2004 while in jail awaiting trial after killing his wife and two young children before stabbing himself in the chest.  

Following the murders, this sick man walked to the Sherman Police Department and told a dispatcher what he had done.  Thomas explained that he cut his family's hearts out and put them in his pocket.  He then took his family's hearts home and put them into plastic bags.

A judge subsequently ruled that Thomas was competent to stand trial.

Bobbie Peterson-Cate, Thomas' trial attorney, said,
"He is insane and mentally ill."

We, the undersigned petitioners, hereby make the following demands:

1)  Andre Thomas must be immediately removed to a secure mental hospital and prohibited from eating any more of his body parts; and 

2)  Andre Thomas and all other condemned persons with a history of mental illness must be immediately and permanently rendered ineligible for capital punishment and reassigned to mental institutions for permanent containment and psychiatric treatment.

We strongly object to killing people because they are mentally disturbed.

Thank you.

60% of the 200,000 people in solitary confinement today are mental patients.

80% of the 200,000 people in solitary confinement today are black.

Here is how our most vulnerable citizens live since we were "humane" enough to "save" them from mental hospitals in the 1970's:


Mary Neal

Assistance to the Incarcerated Mentally Ill
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Then shall the righteous answer him, saying, Lord, when saw we thee an hungred, and fed thee? or thirsty, and gave thee drink?

When saw we thee a stranger, and took thee in? or naked, and clothed thee?

Or when saw we thee sick, or in prison, and came unto thee?

And the King shall answer and say unto them, Verily I say unto you, Inasmuch as ye have done it unto one of the least of these my brethren, ye have done it unto me.  ~ Matthew 25:37-40

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