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Feb 20, 2013

Dog Justice is needed for Americans

CoIntelPro prevents this tweet from posting at my Twitter account, where I am @koffietime http://twitter.com/koffietime

@TampaSeniors @righttolife @NAMIOC @Delaproser DHS Target Practice: Pregnant Women, Children, the Elderly http://dogjusticeformentallyill.blogspot.com/2013/02/dhs-target-practice-pregnant-women.html #guncontrol

It appears that while Americans are subjected to gun control, the Department of Homeland Security is training shooters to kill non-traditional targets - pregnant women, old people, and little children. It probably requires practice to acclimate security forces to shooting such Americans. Read more about this if they let you at "DHS TARGET PRACTICE: Pregnant Women, Children and the Elderly" in the DogJustice blog 
http://dogjusticeformentallyill.blogspot.com/2013/02/dhs-target-practice-pregnant-women.html

I repeat for all who do not know what our home is becoming. Other February 2013 tweets are below:
CoIntelPro prevents this tweet from posting at my Twitter account, where I am @koffietime http://twitter.com/koffietime

@TampaSeniors @righttolife @NAMIOC @Delaproser DHS Target Practice: Pregnant Women, Children, the Elderly http://dogjusticeformentallyill.blogspot.com/2013/02/dhs-target-practice-pregnant-women.html #guncontrol

It appears that while Americans are subjected to gun control, the Department of Homeland Security is training shooters to kill non-traditional targets - pregnant women, old people, and little children. It probably requires practice to acclimate security forces to shooting such Americans. Read more about this if they let you at "DHS TARGET PRACTICE: Pregnant Women, Children and the Elderly" in the DogJustice blog 
http://dogjusticeformentallyill.blogspot.com/2013/02/dhs-target-practice-pregnant-women.html
Caffeine from @koffietime
  • @ggreenwald @joanwalsh I wish CoIntelPro would allow me to get my Guardian password in my gmail account: MaryLovesJustice@gmail.com #censor

  • God appointed Jesus heir of all things and through him he made the universe - Heb 1:2 (please retweet)

  • @RippDemUp Right-to-Lifers should care abt people who cleared the birth canal on death row in Alabama, incl Thomas Arthur, innocent per DNA

  • Alabama GOP Moves Closer To Shutting Down The Last Abortion Clinics In The State bit.ly/WRCnaR #p2

  • Salon/@JoanWalsh: "Study finds 'liberals' more likely to favor targeted killings once they know it’s Obama's policy"salon.com/2013/02/19/tar

  • @PFADP @ncadp Warren Hill got a stay of execution. Don't you want to Shout?! youtu.be/-Jgv6BS5jP4 See @AJC rpt bit.ly/13bRhJR #God

  • @Twitter I wish you would lock my followers in unless they request to leave. CoIntelPro removes them, and the mentally ill need them all.

  • @PFADP I have done what I could 4 #WarrenHill , a retarded man who sinned like we all have. Heaven help him & us allyoutu.be/vrlBeEkvzHY

  • @NAMIOC GA may kill a mentally challenged man today: Warren Hill. Killed Rhode in 2010. NY is rounding up "the nuts" goo.gl/9C2LF

  • @googlechrome They were desperate to control where and what I could say to help #WarrenHill. GA says the retarded man dies tomorrow. #DP

  • @googlechrome The stalkers made the new computer go black for a moment, then I had to sign on as a guest. CoIntelPro is my administrator.

  • @googlechrome Sad news. I had hoped for net freedom to help#WarrenHill. CoIntelPro took over my new GoogleChromeBook in less than 1 hr.

  • Hello, @VictorHoustonBP Like Nazi Germany, they're rounding up the mentally ill: "Scoop the Nuts" nypost.com/p/news/local/s Minorities next?

  • Thanks for RT @FRamabama @Delaproser @SVOS007 @NAMIOC@BIG_GOV Thanks @Prisonwatchint and @WeRalldoingtime for sharing my articles & tweets.

  • Welcome @Ogoing @A_BetterDivorce @foxcat44 Did my cyberstalkers let you stay @RealFarrahGray ?

  • America cannot go on this way. Killing mentally challenged people and relying on God to bless us. Please obey God. Have mercy on#WarrenHill

  • @GovernorDeal Please Governor, please, please save Warren Hill. Please have mercy, sir. @iSupremeCourt Justices, please help Warren Hill.Pls

  • Warren Hill, I play "Jesus Is Love" for inmates facing death. I'm so sad 4U I have no words and neither does the songyoutu.be/4ese_GWL4JI

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    Posted: Feb 20, 2013 1:55pm
    Aug 31, 2010

          My home phone is tapped to prevent my sharing information about The (Johnnie) Cochran Firm fraud and other injustices against poor and middle class Americans, especially minorities and people who have disabilities.  The illegal phone tap that is on my phone prevents incoming and outgoing calls according to the will of those administrating the illegal attack on our communication. 

    Today I was speaking with an online acquaintance, Gary, about The (Johnnie) Cochran Firm fraud against the family of Kathryn Johnston, the 92-year-old woman who former Atlanta police officers killed in the world's worst no-knock warrant case in November 2006.  We were immediately disconnected, which is what usually happens when I attempt to share information about the fact that The Cochran Firm never really filed suit for Sarah Dozier, Kathryn Johnston's niece, but pretended to do so to trick its client, millions of concerned people, and the United States District Court ( USDC ).  We were immediately disconnected, which is what usually happens when I attempt to share information about the fact that The Cochran Firm never really filed suit for Sarah Dozier, Kathryn Johnston's niece, but pretended to do so to trick its client, millions of concerned people, and the United States District Court ( USDC ).  The Cochran Firm filed fraudulent documents in USDC falsely claiming to have e-filed the Dozier vs. City of Atlanta November 21, 2007.  The court of jurisdiction should be Fulton County Superior Court. That court does not accept e-filed Complaints. The lawsuit was supposedly removed to federal court from Georgia State Court. Effective August 18, 2010, that court had no record of Dozier vs. City of Atlanta. To be valid, a Complaint has to be filed in a court with jurisdiction then served to defendants within 30 days of court filing. It appears that NO complaint was filed and served in Dozier vs. City of Atlanta; therefore, the lawsuit could not have been "removed" to Federal Court from like those bogus documents in United States District Court claim. All of the attorneys on that case know that. This particular Cochran Firm fraud was done to prevent Kathryn Johnston's wrongful death case against the City of Atlanta from going to a jury where Sarah Dozier would undoubtedly have been awarded the entire $18 million that The Cochran Firm PRETENDED to demand in the lawsuit that was never actually filed in the court with jurisdiction.

    I called Gary back after being rudely disconnected by those who illegally tap my phone and control our communication.  On the second call, I could hear my voice echoing, which indicates that our conversation is being taped and possibly broadcast to those who tap our phone.  Gary asked if I was calling from a different phone, and I replied "no." 

    Gary said, "I am looking at your caller I.D., Mary.  Your first call came from your home number, (678)531-0262.  But this call is coming from Global Telephone no. (786)377-7101."

    Again, we were cut off.  I called the Global Telephone number Gary gave me and heard only static and a whinning sound.  Then I called DeKalb County Police about the illegal phone tap, and the officers said I must report the interference to my phone service provider, which I will do.  DeKalb Police said that if my phone service provider verifies that my phone has an illegal tap, police will investigate it. I have been through this same interference with phone service through ATT, Bell South, Vorizon, and MajicJack over the last few years - ever since my family discovered that we had been defrauded by The Johnnie Cochran Firm to protect Memphis Shelby County Jail after the secret arrest and murder of my mentally, physically disabled brother, Larry Neal, and that his murder was covered due to government corruption (2003).  It does not matter who the Neals have phone service with, because the interference continues regardless. 

    In addition to the tapped phone, computers are not allowed to go online from my home address even if they are brand new and equipped with a wireless Internet receiver. When the computers leave my home, they are able to go online again. Over the last couple of years, six of my home computers were put on an illegal workgroup domain over which I am not the administrator. That is done to monitor and control my Internet access, and we must continually have computers wiped clean and Windows re-installed to rid our PCs temporarily of the spyware and network administrators' control. I have reported the illegal censorship against my family's use of phones and computers to police, FBI, Homeland Security, U.S. Attorneys Office, DeKalb CEO, individual congressmen, senators, civil liberties groups and civil rights organizations, as well as all major broadcast media affiliates and the general public.  I would not mind as much if the censorship force simply listened to what we say on the phone and watch what I publish online, but I object to them preventing our phone calls, deleting our voicemail messages, and preventing computers from going online from our home address.

    Ironically, President Obama will address the nation today about the Iraq War and troop withdrawal. That war supposedly started because of human rights abuses - Iraq citizens were reportedly slautered by their own government. My disabled brother, Larry Neal, and elderly Kathryn Johnston were both American citizens. Yet, I am prevented from notifying the world that their lynchings were met with cover-up by authorities and fraud by The Cochran Firm working on behalf of government entities to prevent justice to the survivors. In Larry's case, the U.S. Department of Justice and Shelby County Jail refuse to answer federal subpoenas or Freedom of Information Act requests for records and accountability about his secret arrest and murder, and they may be who authorized The Cochran Firm to defraud my family and ordered the fraud to be enabled by the courts. At the end of Tennessee's statute of limitations for wrongful death lawsuits, The Cochran Firm's file regarding Larry's murder was EMPTY. The law firm contracted with my family, then sent us lying updates (through U.S. Mail fraud) about work that was not really being done to reconcile Larry's murder by police. The Cochran Firm fraud is a conspiracy against minority citizens across the nation to help government entities avoid heafty payouts after murders-by-police and other matters.

    Plaintiffs' attorneys generally work on a contingency fee basis and are only paid when and if their clients are paid. Consider the millions of dollars The Cochran Firm seemingly forfeits by defrauding its minority clients on a continual basis, because minorities have a misplaced trust in the law firm that wears Johnnie Cochran's name. Who pays The Cochran Firm to "take a fall" on certain cases? See this link for three examples of fraud against black and Latino clients:
    THE COCHRAN FIRM DEFRAUDS LATINO CLIENT AND SUES ITS INSURERS http://freespeakblog.blogspot.com/2010/07/johnnie-cochran-firm-defrauds-another.html

    If the government wishes to minimize the amount of damages being paid after abuses of power, etc., it should (1) institute a policy of zero tolerance for police abuse, and (2) go through the proper procedures to place legal limits on wrongful death payouts by government entities. Defrauding black families through The (Johnnie) Cochran Firm after lynchings is not the answer.  Neither is it acceptable to monitor and control my communications to prevent spread of information about The Cochran Firm fraud.

    "They're not really citizens; they're negroes." ~ Quote from The Resurrectionist, by Mark Graham

    NOTE:  I am frequently given an html screen for input at Care2 instead of a screen where my links appear live. That is probably done to dissuade readers from accessing the data at my links, which can also be accomplished by copying the link and placing it in a Google browser field. If you find links in my Sharebook that are not live or do not lead to the targeted data, copy and paste them into Google.  The truth goes marching on!

    Mary Neal
    http://wrongfuldeathoflarryneal.com/

    Website:  http://freespeakblog.blogspot.com/

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    Aug 25, 2010

        (The nine links herein do not open in a new window. Please use your back arrow to return.)    Mental illness often leads to crisis situations that require police intervention. That is one reason why members of Assistance to the Incarcerated Mentally Ill are concerned about police departments having officers with high integrity and morale. This can only happen when they are fairly paid. Police need fair pay to avoid fatigue caused by working two jobs and economic stress that could impact their ability to properly assess situations and handle them appropriately. Please support this petition for DeKalb County, Georgia police officers to have their full pay reinstated. They face seven furlough days and having to work on holidays without holiday pay. Human rights advocates like AIMI members are not anti-police; we are anti-police brutality.

    Please use the link below to access the petition.  Sign and share with others.  Thanks in advance for your support for men and women on the force to have adequate wages!

    PETITION FOR FAIR PAY FOR DEKALB COUNTY, GEORGIA POLICE OFFICERS

    http://www.thepetitionsite.com/2/fair-pay-for-dekalb-county-police/

    Interestingly, while DeKalb County police officers' pay was cut, some county commissioners raised salaries for their staff. Furthermore, former DeKalb County Chief Communications Officer Shelia Edwards was given $46,000 severance pay after she voluntarily quit her job that paid nearly $150,000 per year. Severance packages should be reserved for people who were laid off or forced to accept early retirement, not people who decide to quit their jobs - especially while the county's police officers' wages are cut. See the article at the link below:
    www.cbsatlanta.com/news/24762094/detail.html

    What is happening in DeKalb County to police officers mirrors problems across the country for middle-class and poor people.  Many of America's decision makers are millionaires or people who aspire to be wealthy and have little empathy for working class citizens, including people in important service positions like police officers, firefighters, and public school teachers. 

    How much concern do Georgia officials show to middle class and poor people, including hundreds of thousands of displaced workers? The Georgia Fresh Start Program is funded by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (ARRA). The program is designed to assist low income families with specific critical needs: their utility bills and overdue rent or mortgage payments. As much as $7.6 million of monies appropriated under that program may be refunded to the federal government, not because Georgians don't desperately need assistance, but because the money was not distributed. Meanwhile, nearly 2,000 Georgians are on the waiting list for help and tens of thousands of others who qualify for assistance do not know about the program. Read about the injustice at this link:

    State Has Just Weeks to Use or Lose $7.6 Million
    http://www.ajc.com/news/state-has-just-weeks-593453.html

    While the poor and working class scramble to make ends meet, the money continues to pour in for the wealthy.  Economic crises make police officers' work more dangerous, because desperate people sometimes do desperate things.  But the increasing crime rate is good for prison investors. The prison industrial complex costs taxpayers around $50 billion per year, and prison owners and investors also earn untold billions more per annum from prison work projects.  America's jobs are steadily disappearing across seas or behind prison walls while the men and women who risk their lives to fight crime and apprehend perceived lawbreakers have their salaries reduced. 

    Classism has eclisped racism as being America's worst discrimination problem. DeKalb County police officers' salary reduction is indicative of that problem. Another example is The (Johnnie) Cochran Firm's fraud against the Kathryn Johnston's survivors to benefit the City of Atlanta. On November 21, 2007, The Cochran Firm published lies in the media and later filed fraudulent documents in United States District Court falsely claiming to have filed an $18 million lawsuit on behalf of Sarah Dozier regarding her aunt, 92-year-old Kathryn Johnston, who was killed in 2006 by former Atlanta police officers in the nation's worst no-knock warrant case. The truth is that no lawsuit was really filed for the Johnston family.  The Cochran Firm withheld lawsuit and worked for the City of Atlanta behind its clients' backs to force them to accept a much smaller than necessary award for the elder's murder. Any jury convened in Atlanta would have awarded the family the entire $18 million that was reported to be The Cochran Firm's demand. After Kathryn Johnston's family accepted a small settlement on August 17, 2010 of less than one-third that amount (that must be divided with The Cochran Firm as their lawyers), I checked with Georgia Superior Court and Georgia State Court. No law suit was filed in either court for Dozier vs. City of Atlanta, but fake documents in United States District Court claim the lawsuit was moved from the lower court (Georgia Superior Court) to federal court.  This is another conspiracy to deny justice to a black family after murder by police. See the article at this link: 

    Cochran Firm Defrauds Kathryn Johnston's Survivors
    http://freespeakblog.blogspot.com/2010/08/cochran-firm-defruads-kathryn-johnstons.html

    The media censors news about THE COCHRAN FIRM FRAUD and many other subjects that Americans need to know, and civil rights organizations and the U.S. Government either do not care about the fraud against minority citizens, or they facilitate it. I wrote to Sarah Dozier to warn her about her family being defrauded in my blog. Please share the link so that eventually, she may recognize the need to sue The Cochran Firm for its malpratice and fraud against Kathryn Johnston's estate. Of course, when my family sued The Cochran Firm and served suit in Georgia Superior Court, Judge Wendy Shoob dismissed our lawsuit in 2006 (six months before Kathryn Johnston's murder) and said our suit was served wrong because there is no Cochran Firm in Georgia. Ironically, The Cochran Firm filed fraudulent documents regarding Dozier vs. City of Atlanta in United States District Court with Judge Marvin Shoob presiding.  My letter for Sarah Dozier is at the link below:

    To Sarah Dozier: FRAUD Against Kathryn Johnston Estate
    http://freespeakblog.blogspot.com/2010/08/to-sarah-dozier-fraud-against-kathryn.html

    When officials collude against working class and poor Americans, the media helps by withholding news reports that would serve to warn people about the deception.  Thank God for Internet news sites and networks like Care2 where the truth can reach people to a limited degree and DeKalb County police officers and others can get support for their justice quest for fair wages.

    There are police officers who do not deserve public trust, like former Atlanta police officers who murdered Kathryn Johnston and tried to cover the elder's murder by falsely accusing her of drug trafficking.  Some officers are corrupt like the Memphis Shelby County police who murdered my mentally, physically disabled brother, Larry Neal, after 18 days of secret arrest in 2003 ( see http://wrongfuldeathoflarryneal.com/ ).  But most police officers are dedicated professionals who are as displeased as other citizens by the wrong direction America is taking.  Virtually 100% of the police officers I spoke with agree that acute mental patients should not be jailed, but hospitalized. However, when police are called to the scene of public disturbances or crimes involving mentally ill Americans, they ordinarily have no choice but to arrest sick people because mental hospitals across the country continue to be closed or reduce services. Medicaid was deleted for psychiatric inpatients during the 1970's, and only the wealthy can afford private mental hospitals or drug rehabilitation therapy. Consequently, mentally ill Americans from poor and middle class families comprise over half of the nation's 2.3 million inmates, and they are 60% of the inmates warehoused in cruel solitary confinement, frequently without any psychiatric or medical care.  Inpatient treatment for mental patients was omitted from the national health care plan that Congress passed in February, but there is still hope to end discrimination against people with mental health problems. There is a federal bill pending to resume Medicaid for inpatient treatment for mentally ill Americans.  H.R.619 was introduced in Congress by Rep. Eddie Johnson (D-TX) in January 2009, but it has received zero media coverage.  That is likely because private prison investors do not wish for Americans to know we have an opportunity to decriminalize mental illness by making inpatient mental health care accessible to middle class and poor people by passing H.R.619.  It would hurt prison profits to stop treating sick people like criminals.  Ask yourself why the media refuses to report the opportunity H.R.619 presents to decriminalize mental illness although the condition affects 1 in 5 Americans and millions of people who have mentally challenged loved ones. Please read about and vote for the important, censored bill at OpenCongress.org at the following link: H.R.619 - Federal Bill to Resume Medicaid for Inpatient Psychiatric Care
    http://www.opencongress.org/bill/111-h619/news_blogs 

    As I recently watched the Chief of DeKalb County Police Department speak to DeKalb County Commissioners on television about the importance of restoring full pay to officers, I became concerned for him. In my experience, people who request justice for working class Americans are censored, persecuted, and stalked. See the article at the link below about my most frightening stalking episode:

    Mary Neal Finally Heard from Police re 911 Emergency Call
    http://freespeakblog.blogspot.com/2009/10/mary-neal-finally-heard-from-police-re.html

    Police officers are also considered to be insignificant working class people by some decision makers. Yet, public safety depends on having police officers who are ready, willing and able to protect and serve our communities and who are too satisfied with their jobs to violate the rules of conduct themselves. High morale and strong integrity among police officers can only happen where officers feel valued.  Thanks for your support for the Petition for Fair Pay for DeKalb County Police Officers.  Please share the link with others who care about promoting liberty and justice for all. 

    It is time for people to do as Dr. King advised:  Come together as brethren, or perish together as fools.

    NOTE:  I am frequently censored to hide wrongdoing and actual crimes. Copy and paste any links that are prevented from being active in my Sharebook into your Google browser to access the articles the censorship force doesn't want you to read.  The link to my article,Mary Neal Finally Heard from Police re 911 Emergency Call, appeared with a space afterward that sometimes is used to drag my data into invisibility.  See some of my computer censorship at my YouTube channel jkempp703.  Follow me at Twitter, where I am Koffietime, and I will follow you back!  http://twitter.com/koffietime
     
     

    Mary Neal
    Assistance to the Incarcerated Mentally Ill
    http://www.Care2.com/c2c/group/AIMI  

    JAIL IS THE LAST THING THAT MENTAL
    PATIENTS NEED, AND TOO OFTEN, IT IS THE VERY LAST THING THEY
    EXPERIENCE. Please join our effort to decriminalize mental illness. No
    one deserves to be punished for having a disability.

    Aug 19, 2010
    http://1.bp.blogspot.com/_lHZLyzhmBEQ/TGy7vUHRL_I/AAAAAAAAAck/AyJi4tvEFIc/s1600/Kathryn+Johnston.jpeg

    Cochran Firm Defruads Kathryn Johnston's Survivors
    The Kathryn Johnston wrongful death case settled for just under 5million dollars, but before you congratulate the plaintiff's attorneys, read this . . .

    Note:       This article assumes that clerks and computers in Fulton County Georgia Superior Court and Georgia State Court are correct in reporting that THE COCHRAN FIRM NEVER FILED A LAWSUIT REGARDING DOZIER VS. CITY OF ATLANTA IN EITHER OF THOSE COURTS.  I believe the court clerks and their computer systems, not The Cochran Firm, since I know they are FRAUDS.  See http://wrongfuldeathoflarryneal.com/

    Here is the censored tweet for today:  @LIFE @nytimes @cnn @bet @change Cochran Firm defrauded Kathryn Johnston's family http://alturl.com/byh65 


    Since Johnnie Cochran died five years ago, shortly after he partnered with an Alabama law firm, The Cochran Firm seems to be some pseudo-government agency. Johnnie Cochran's name is apparently used to calm minority people when gross injustices happen, such as police murders. But lawyers for the firm secretly work against their clients' interest to minimize damages to the government agencies being sued. I knew The Cochran Firm would never take Kathryn Johnston's murder before a jury but would accept whatever the government (its real client) wanted to offer Johnston's survivors. Luckily for Sarah Dozier, Johnston's niece and estate administrator, Atlanta offered a $4.9 million settlement. Most people who saw the newscast about the settlement probably did not know why reporters seemed to credit Atlanta's mayor as being magnanimous for offering to settle the Johnston civil action. The truth is that despite how obvious it was the former police officers murdered the innocent old lady in her own home, the City of Atlanta could have paid much less or even zero for Johnston's murder-by-police, because The Cochran Firm were the plaintiffs' attorneys.  That is worse than being pro se.


    When 92-year-old Kathryn Johnston was murdered on 11/21/06, The Cochran Firm was retained for her estate's attorneys. I knew there would be fraud happening, because The Cochran Firm frequently works behind its clients backs, especially in cases regarding police misconduct. Today I discovered what The Cochran Firm did to set up Kathryn Johnston's family (its clients) to minimize or prevent damages to the Atlanta Police Department.


    On November 21, 2007, The Cochran Firm published press releases claiming it had filed suit for Sarah C. Dozier v. City of Atlanta, but that was a lie. Similarly, the Cochran Firm never filed any lawsuit for the WRONGFUL DEATH OF LARRY NEAL, my brother who was murdered under secret arrest (Google that).  Defrauding its clients is a habit for that law firm.  The lawyers had not actually filed any lawsuit for the Johnston estate.  Newspapers and media broadcasts carried The Cochran Firm's false announcement that Dozier's lawsuit was filed on 11/21/07 (exactly a year after Johnston's murder), and The Cochran Firm carried the lie on its website. But none of the reports I heard or read gave the name of the court where the Johnston wrongful death lawsuit was filed. I majored in Journalism plus I am a victim of The Cochran Firm Fraud, so the fact that journalists omitted naming the court was a red flag for me. Today I learned that NO SUIT WAS FILED ON 11/21/07 like The Cochran Firm reported in the press and in court records in USDC. It was just another Cochran Firm fraud. Here is a brief outline of what happened, followed by my tweets for today:


    1. 8/1/03 - My brother Larry Neal died after 18 days of secret arrest in Memphis, Tennessee's Shelby Co. Jail under circumstances which the jail and the federal government refuse to disclose, although my family has begged for information we are entitled to for closure for over seven years.


    2. 8/8/03 - My family signed contract w/ The Cochran Firm as wrongful death attorneys in a secret conflict of interest:  The Cochran Firm's managing partner in the Memphis office was a Shelby County Commissioner.  He had a vested interest in preventing a lawsuit from being filed against the jail, which is owned and operated by the Shelby County Commission.


    3. 8/14/03 to 7/14/04 - The Cochran Firm pretended in lying letters to the Neal family that it was pursuing justice for Larry's murder by police, but the lawyers were actually holding the case inactive to help the jail escape accountability. No suit was filed for Larry's death, and no records were ever ordered. No one was even appointed estate executor. Larry's case file was EMPTY at the end of Tennessee's statute of limitations for wrongful death.


    4. 8/1/05 - Larry Neal's mother and sister filed lawsuit against The Cochran Firm for defrauding the family to help Shelby County Jail escape accountability. Suit was filed in Georgia Superior Court and served to The Cochran Firm's Atlanta office, which is where the Neal's initial client intake interview was conducted. Arrangements were made by The Cochran Firm's Atlanta office for us to sign contract in The Cochran Firm's Memphis office the day after Larry's burial. The Atlanta and Memphis office of The Cochran Firm promised to work together to bring justice for Larry's wrongful death and to help Larry Neal's 80-year-old mother avoid traveling by sending lawyers from The Cochran Firm's Atlanta office to her Stone Mountain, Georgia home when it was necessary to give depositions or interface with her attorneys.


    5. 5/26/06 - Judge Wendy Shoob dismissed the Neal vs. Cochran Firm lawsuit because The Cochran Firm falsely claimed our lawsuit was served wrongly.  The lawyers swore in court THERE IS NO COCHRAN FIRM OFFICE IN GEORGIA, and Judge Shoob concurred.  Meanwhile, The Cochran Firm kept doing business in its Atlanta office and and advertising the Atlanta office prolifically on the Internet, through legal referral services, on television commercials, on billboards, and on MARTA trains.  Obviously, the court and the Cochran Firm lawyers decided the Neal family were unworthy of truth and justice, and The Cochran Firm had no intention of any jury knowing how they treated the Neal family to help police escape accountability for killing my mentally, physically disabled brother, a black middle aged man.


    6. 11/21/06 - Atlanta police killed 92-year-old Kathryn Johnston in a no-knock warrant case, then tried to cover-up her murder by falsely accusing the elder of drug trafficking. The world was outraged, particularly African Americans. To prevent riots and help police, authorities arranged for The Cochran Firm to represent Johnston's survivors. Riots were prevented because:


                             A ) Tensions were diffused in a series of town hall meetings that gave the public a place to vent and authorities made promises about improvements in the justice system and community relations, such as a citizens review board being established, and



                             B ) The outraged public knew that The Cochran Firm was retained to represent Kathryn Johnston's estate. This brought calm because many blacks have misplaced trust in the law firm that wears Johnnie Cochran's name.


    7.   Mary Neal went to the NAACP town hall meetings to warn community leaders and Johnston's family about The Cochran Firm working for police behind vicitms' backs.  Unfortunately, members of Johnston's family were not in the audience, or they were not introduced while I was there.   I distributed 75 flyers that proved 1) The Cochran Firm had been declared nonexistent in Georgia, and 2) the name The Cochran Firm used in Georgia Superior Court - Cochran Cherry Givens Smith & Sistrunk, P.C. - was not a valid name. The Georgia Secretary of State has had no such P.C. registered at any time in history. 


                            I went to Ms. Johnston's Neal Street home to see if any of her relatives lived in the house, but it was vacant.  I told all the neighbors on Neal Street about The Cochran Firm fraud, hoping they would get the word to Ms. Dozier to watch out for her lawyers.  I started writing online about the likelihood that The Cochran Firm would defraud  Johnston's family like they defrauded our family to protect Memphis Shelby County Jail when my brother was murdered by police. I hoped that Sarah Dozier, Johnston's estate administrator, would see my articles and know about the danger of lawyer fraud she faced.


    8. 8/15/07 - Mary Neal and Hattie Neal filed a breach of contract and fraud lawsuit against The Cochran Firm in United States District Court, Northern District of Georgia under the diversity rule (since The Cochran Firm pretended not to exist in Georgia and had our case dismissed in Georgia Superior Court by Judge Wendy Shoob). The diversity rule can only be used when the plaintiffs and defendants are in different states. The Cochran Firm's perjury that it had no Georgia office opened the door for our case to be filed against the bogus law firm in federal court.  But they were protected there, too.  I did not know at the time that The Cochran Firm is a government agency set up to defraud minority citizens, so my family believed we would be treated fairly in federal court.


    9. 11/21/07 - The Cochran Firm issued fake press releases claiming a lawsuit had been filed for Kathryn Johnston's death, but did not give the name of the court.


    10. 12/07 and first week of 1/08 - Neals v. Cochran Firm lawsuit was served to Cochran Firm home office in Dothan, AL, Memphis, Tennessee office, and to David McLaughlin, the assigned attorney for Larry's wrongful death case.  Immediately after service was perfected, I started being stalked online and in person.  I reported it to Judge Batten in USDC, but nothing was done.  I reported it to police, FBI, USDOJ, Homeland Security, and the public, but I continue to be stalked and censored.  Police and all federal agencies refuse to investigate the crimes, despite my having submitted affidavits and real-time cyber-censorship videos.


    11. 1/09/08 - The Cochran Firm filed a lawsuit in Johnston's civil action case in United States District Court, but pretended on the record that the lawsuit was REMOVED to federal court from Fulton County Georgia Superior Court. Actually, no lawsuit had ever been filed for Johnston's murder prior to that pretense on 1/09/08. Had it not been for my writing about The Cochran Firm fraud and trying to warn the Johnston family, I don't think The Cochran Firm would have filed anything in USDC.  I believe the plan was for the City of Atlanta to pay the family whatever it wanted to, if anything.  That is basically what happened this week.  Luckily, the City settled for a decent amount of money, but any jury would have awarded more for the helpless 92-year-old woman being invaded and murdered in a hail of 36 bullets.


    12. 1/08 until 2/9/09 - Neals v. The Cochran Firm case was in USDC under the diversity rule, meaning that there was no Cochran Firm office in Georgia (the perjury that had prevailed in Georgia Superior Court). Meanwhile, The Cochran Firm's Georgia office was also in USDC pretending to represent Kathryn Johnston's family. The Cochran Firm took the Johnston case before Judge Marvin H. Shoob. He happens to be father of Judge Wendy Shoob, the Superior Court judge who had ruled that there is no such thing as a Cochran Firm office in Georgia and dismissed our lawsuit in 2006. Therefore, in Judge Batten's courtroom at USDC, The Cochran Firm was defending itself against the Neals' case and pretending not to have any Georgia office.  Right next door in Judge Shoob's courtroom, The Cochran Firm's Atlanta office was supposedly representing the Johnston family. What frauds!  If the Georgia Bar does nothing about all of this fraud, any attorneys they ever sanctioned should sue the Bar.


    13. After suit was served in Neals v. Cochran Firm in USDC, the Neals started being stalked, persecuted, including being followed by government vehicles leading other vehicles. I figured the intimidation was happening to make us drop the federal lawsuit against The Cochran Firm. It continued after we were denied justice in USDC to discourage me from writing about The Cochran Firm fraud and other injustices in my Internet articles.


    14. 2/9/09 - Judge Batten ruled that The Cochran Firm having secretly kept the Neals' case in Larry Neal's wrongful death COMPLETELY INACTIVE for nearly 11 months of Tennessee's 12-month statute of limitations was not the proximate cause of the Neals missing the opportunity to sue Shelby County Jail timely for Larry's wrongful death. It was a ridiculous ruling (unjust), because it usually takes more than a month to have an estate executor appointed in Tennessee, which is the first thing any lawyer would have to do to be able to collect records and file suit.  Judge Batten dismissed our fraud case in USDC which was filed under the diversity rule.  Since the case was in USDC based on a lie (no Cochran Firm in Georgia, the ruling is void). See more that happened in USDC by Googling "Cochran Firm Fraud."


    15. June 2010 - I picketed at the Cochran Firm's Atlanta office at 127 Peachtree Street. I told people about The Cochran Firm having itself declared nonexistent in Georgia Superior Court in 2006 to dodge facing a jury for defrauding the Neal family regarding http://wrongfuldeathoflarryneal.com/  - but six months later undertaking representation of Kathryn Johnston's family. Two Atlanta police officers violated my First Amendment rights by forcing me to leave from the front of The Cochran Firm's office. Atlanta police would not allow me to tell the public how The Cochran Firm had defrauded the Neals to protect Memphis police from Larry Neal's wrongful death lawsuit and that the firm was likely defrauding Kathryn Johnston's family for the Atlanta Police Department.


    16. 8/13/10 - ALL of my computer input is monitored and frequently censored. I wrote an email publishing plans to picket The Cochran Firm for defrauding minorities at Morehouse College, Spellman College, Clark College, and Georgia State University on 8/17/10 - which is the first day of school for some of the colleges. Although the news media is "down" with helping The Cochran Firm defraud minorities by refusing to report on these issues, I know that America's youth care about injustice and would be as shocked as I was to learn that some attorneys, U.S. Government officials, and courts engage in conspiracies to help police get away with murdering citizens like Larry Neal and Kathryn Johnston. I expected the students to help me demand that Kathryn Johnston's family be treated justly.  I also hoped the students would help protest the denial of justice and open disclosure about my brother's murder.  There is still a huge cover-up about his death from Memphis to Atlanta to Washington, DC.


    17. 8/16/10 - News reports announced that Kathryn Johnston's civil action case had been settled.


    Dozier et al. v. City of Atlanta, et al.
    United States District Court, Northern District of Georgia
    Civil Action No. 1:08-CV-0007-MHS


    USDC Docket Item #1 - Filing Form says case was "removed from Georgia Superior Court, Fulton County." Exhibit "A" is the Plaintiffs' Complaint that was supposedly removed to USDC from Superior Court.   It had no Superior Court civil action number, but it had a Lexis Nexus e-file number: 17329342 at 9:07 a.m. on 11/21/07.


                         Problem No. 1 - Georgia Superior Court does no e-filing. All pleadings must be submitted as original documents.


                         Problem No. 2 - Georgia Superior Court has NO record of Dozier v. City of Atlanta ever being filed there. This was checked by five people in the Clerk's office, including supervisors.  Just to be sure there was no mistake, I checked for Dozier v. City of Atlanta in the State Court, also.  No Dozier v. City of Atlanta was in State Court records, either.  That filing NEVER HAPPENED, therefore it could not have been "removed" to USDC. A lawsuit has to begin with a Complaint properly filed in a court of law with proper jurisdiction over the case. The defendants must then be served copies of the lawsuit within 30 days of the day it was filed in court. Otherwise, the lawsuit is VOID. The Kathryn Johnston lawsuit never happened.

    The Cochran Firm reported it had filed a lawsuit against Atlanta Police for the Johnston's estate on November 21, 2007, but the lawyers were lying.  They did the same thing to our family to prevent the Neals from recovering damages after the secret arrest and wrongful death of Larry Neal.  The Cochran Firm signed contract with the Neals under an undisclosed conflict of interest and then wrote us lying letters about legal work that the firm never did.  This fraud went on almost 11months - until it was too late for us to get honest attorneys (Tennessee's statute of limitations on wrongful death is only 12 months). The difference between Memphis officials and Atlanta officials is that Atlanta officials offered the family a settlement for Johnston's wrongful death, but Memphis still hides behind The Cochran Firm fraud and the DOJ, which protects murderous police by refusing to release any records on Larry's murder, allowing the jail to enter perjury in federal court regarding the jail's release from federal overview, and refusing to investigate Larry's murder like it did Michael Vick's dogs' deaths.  Dog abuse is deemed to be more important than murdered black American citizens.
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    I thank Atlanta officials who offered Kathryn Johnston's family $4.9 million settlement.  Although any Atlanta jury would have paid the family more, I always knew The Cochran Firm would not take the case before a jury. Ms. Dozier seemed satisfied with the settlement on the newscasts I saw.  I am glad for her family to find closure at last.

    I congratulate the students at Morehouse College, Clark College, Spellman College, and Georgia State University.  I believe that announcing my plans to picket on sidewalks by those schools to notify students about the Johnston family being defrauded by The Cochran Firm influenced the case being settled immediately before fall classes started.

    Today I called numerous lawyers to ask that they contact Sarah Dozier and let her know Kathryn Johnston's estate was defrauded of $13.1 million by The Cochran Firm working with defendants behind her back. Any jury convened in Atlanta would have awarded Johnston's estate the entire $18 million demand that The Cochran Firm pretended to seek. Interested attorneys should try to contact Sarah C. Dozier, who may not yet know about the fraud. Attorneys are also invited to call me regarding The Cochran Firm conspiring with authorities to prevent my family from recovering damages after the secret arrest and wrongful death of Larry Neal.  Information is at this link: 

    COCHRAN FIRM FRAUD http://freespeakblog.blogspot.com/2010/07/cochran-firm-fraud.html

    PRAY FOR MY FAMILY AND ME
    .  I am persecuted, censored, and stalked for standing for justice.  "They" do not want the American public to know that law firms are being used to defraud citizens after police violence.  They do not want people to know how censorship is done to contain Internet messages about justice and human rights.  My home is surrounded by people living in houses that are registered in the Tax Assessor's office as "9- public utility - gov."  I have been followed by government vehicles and denied 911 police services when accosted.  Someone takes over my home computers and puts them on an illegal workgroup domain over which I am not the administrator in order to monitor and control my Internet input.  After cheating my family of our righteous judgment after Larry's murder and denying us justice against The Cochran Firm's fraud, people now destroy my online job applications and prevent my communicating with potential employers by Internet or telephone. Our phone is tapped, and incoming and outgoing calls are frequently blocked.  Like Paul Revere, I want to warn you, "The NWO is here - not coming, but here already."

    Visit http://freespeakblog.blogspot.com/ for full article.  See an open letter to Sarah Dozier at this link -  http://freespeakblog.blogspot.com/2010/08/to-sarah-dozier-fraud-against-kathryn.html

    Blessings!

    Mary Neal
    http://wrongfuldeathoflarryneal.com/

    Assistance to the Incarcerated Mentally Ill
    http://www.Care2.com/c2c/group/AIMI
    Aug 13, 2010

        A Care2 News Network story reports abandonment of mentally ill childen in Senegal. I wrote the following comment at the story, but got a DoS. (Censorship is usual for my comments.  I filmed the censorship, which is also usual.  See samples of real-time cybercensorship at my YouTube channel jkempp703). "Senegal sounds almost as bad as America where mentally ill people are frequently abused, neglected, 1.25 million are imprisoned for being sick, and some, like my brother Larry Neal, are murdered under secret arrest. http://WrongfulDeathOfLarryNeal.com "

    Unfortunately, we do not have to travel to Senegal to see abused, neglected, abandoned mental patients.  That is often how Americans are treated when they suffer mental illness.  Another sad example of America's neglect of mental patients became evident this week when Mitrice Richardson's remains were found in Malibu Canyon in California. 

    Mitrice was a 24-year-old recent college graduate who was arrested in Lost Hills, CA Jail on September 16, 2009, at 10p.m.  She was reportedly released from jail around 1:30 a.m. without any money, I.D., food, water, or cell phone in an unfamiliar area on foot, because police had her car. Mitrice was reportedly acting erratically and suffering depression before being arrested for 1) disturbing the peace in a restaurant - talking about Martians; 2) possession of a small amount of marijuana; and 3) running an $89.00 tab at the restaurant that she did not have ready funds to pay.  The young woman obviously needed help.  Instead, Mitrice went missing for almost a year after her arrest until her skeletal remains were found Monday.  See more about Mitrice at this link:   http://www.care2.com/c2c/groups/disc.html?gpp=17280&pst=884068

    PLEASE NOTE THE CARE2 STORY: 
    SENEGAL: Children With Disability - When Stigma Means Abandonment

    http://www.care2.com/news/member/100330942/1967217


    Naoko 
    Aug. 12 - irinnews.org
    In Senegal many women refuse to take mentally disabled children on public transport; families hide children with mental or neurological disorders, and some parents disown them outright. Such is the stigma of having a child with these widely misunderstood

    Assistance to the Incarcerated Mentally Ill http://www.Care2.com/c2c/group/AIMI

    Aug 11, 2010

    NAMI Advocacy Action Center carries information about pending legislation that has significant impact on mentally challenged Americans and others. Your support is needed for H.R.4213.  NAMI reports the following information about this important bill:

    Call Now to Preserve Vital Funding for State and Local Mental Health Services

    State Medicaid Funding at Stake!

    The
     Senate has been working on a new version of the Jobs and Tax Extenders legislative package that passed the House of May 28.  The bill, known as the American Jobs, Closing Tax Loopholes and Preventing Outsourcing Act (HR 4213), includes a provision that would extend each state's federal Medicaid match rate (known as FMAP) through June 2011.  Without this extension, many states will very likely cut funding for Medicaid, which is the most important source of funding of public mental health services. The extended Medicaid FMAP was removed from the House bill, so getting it passed in the Senate is of particular importance. 

    The Senate bill also includes $1.065 billion for the National Housing Trust Fund (NHTF), a critical investment in development of rental housing for extremely low-income households (including people with serious mental illness living on SSI). 

    Take Action

    Call your Senators now to support restoration of Medicaid FMAP funds into the Jobs and Tax Extenders Package.  All Senate offices can be reached toll-free by calling 877-210-5351 or 877-442-6801 or through the Capitol Switchboard at 202-224-3121.  You can email your Senators at http://www.contactingthecongress.org/

    Urge your Senators to support the new version of HR 4213 and not to remove or weaken the Medicaid FMAP extension.
     
    Background

    The American Jobs, Closing Tax Loopholes and Preventing Outsourcing Act (HR 4213) includes dozens of "must pass" provisions that will extend expiring tax breaks, avoid deep cuts in physician payment rates under Medicare and extend unemployment benefits in the current economic downturn and provide assistance to states to avoid cuts in health care and education.

    Of particular concern to NAMI are two provisions in the package that will help avoid additional cuts to Medicaid-funded mental health services and invest more than $1 billion in development of affordable rental housing targeted to individuals with extremely low incomes, including people with mental illness living on Supplemental Security Income (SSI).
    1. Extended Medicaid FMAP Funding - The new Senate version of HR 4213 includes $26 billion to extend the current higher federal match for state Medicaid programs that was included in the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) in 2009.  This higher federal Medicaid match rate (known as FMAP) is set to expire at the end of 2010.  It is critical for Congress to extend the higher FMAP for states through June 2011.  Securing these funds now will help avoid further deep cuts to mental illness treatment and support services financed by Medicaid.  As many as 30 states have already passed budgets for 2011 that assume extended higher FMAP.  If Congress fails to act, these states will be forced to make additional cuts to human service programs including mental health services.  Read a full analysis of the impact of failing to extend Medicaid FMAP at this link:  http://www.cbpp.org/files/6-8-10sfp2.pdf
    2. National Housing Trust Fund (NHTF) Investment - HR 4213 includes $1.065 billion for initial capitalization of the NHTF, a program authorized by Congress in 2008 to invest in the development of rental housing targeted to households with extremely low incomes, including non-elderly adults living on SSI.  This provision of $1.065 billion will be allocated to states by formula and includes funding for capital and project-based rent subsidies to ensure that rents are affordable to people living on SSI.  More information on the NHTF and efforts to secure this initial capitalization is available through NATIONAL LOW INCOME HOUSING COALITION at this link:  http://www.nlihc.org/template/index.cfm

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    Mentally challenged people need help to avoid homelessness, prison, and health crises.  Mental hospital insurance, which is available under H.R.619, was omitted from the national health care reform bill that Congress passed.  The extended Medicaid FMAP, available under H.R.4213, was removed from the House bill.  Please ask your representatives to support both these important bills.  When important services are not funded, taxpayers save no money because more sick people join the 1.25 million who are already behind bars, adding to our $50 billion per annum prison budget and subjecing sick Americans to needless suffering.

    Thanks in advance for helping mentally challenged people avoid incarceration (after avoidable crimes) by insisting that they have the support they need to live wholesome lives.

    Mary Neal
    http://wrongfuldeathoflarryneal.com/

    Assistance to the Incarcerated Mentally Ill
    http://www.Care2.com/c2c/group/AIMI

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    Posted: Aug 11, 2010 11:50am
    Aug 2, 2010

         Below is an invitation to participate in a justice quest for the Scott sisters - two African American women who have served over 15 years imprisonment on double life sentences in Mississippi for an $11 theft they claim not to have done. Excessive sentencing and wrongful convictions help no one but prison investors. America's economy is getting as dependent on prison profiteering as it once was on slavery. Justice will not improve until Americans demand, " EDUCATION, NOT PRISONS! HEALTH CARE, NOT PRISONS! JOBS, NOT PRISONS! MENTAL HOSPITALS, NOT PRISONS! YOUTH PROGRAMS, NOT PRISONS! " 

    The Scott sisters' case is highly censored.  Jamie Scott is dying in prison of kidney failure.  Because she is an inmate, she has no employee health coverage to be able to pay for a kidney transplant.  Her sister offered to donate her a kidney, but Mississippi says the operation is too expensive for a prisoner.  The contested $11 theft may soon turn into a death sentence without your intervention.  Hebrews 13:3 makes prisoner treatment your business.  I put tags to this Share twice and they disappeared when I submitted the Share.  Tags should read:  ScottSisters, MaryNeal, WrongfulConvictions, ExcessiveSentencing, PrisonInvestment, PrisonProfiteering, OvercrowdedPrisons, Racism, AfricanAmerican, Slavery, InmateHealthCare, KidneyTransplant, KidneyFailure, MississippiAttorneyGeneral, AssistanceToTheIncarceratedMentallyIll, DogJustice

    I received the following email about the Scott sisters today:

    ACT NOW!! CALL, WRITE, AND BROADLY DISTRIBUTE!!
    Contact the Mississippi Attorney General
    Telephone: 601-359-3680

    MS Attorney General's Office
    Walter Sillers Building
    550 High Street, Suite 1200
    Jackson, MS 39201
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    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

    August 1st, 2010

    Contact: Kambiz Mostofi, 818-451-6472
    Life Imprisonment for an $11 Robbery

    Jackson, MS – On Christmas Eve in 1993, sisters Jamie and Gladys Scott left a mini-mart near their home in Scott County, Mississippi. Their car broke down. They hitched a ride from two young men, one of whom they knew. Later that evening the two men were robbed at gunpoint by three teenagers in another car. The robbers took an estimated $11 from the two young men. No one was hurt. Police accused the Scott sisters of setting the victims up.

    Their father, James “ Hawk ” Rasco had experienced problems with law enforcement after he moved his family from Chicago back to Scott County, Miss. Rasco took over a nightclub previously owned by a nephew who had turned state’s evidence in a case against the “ High White Sheriff ” of Scott County, Glenn Warren.

    In the case of the Scott Sisters, the gun allegedly used in the robbery was never located, and the “ stolen ” wallet was recovered according to an affidavit by a trustee of the jail.

    Jamie Scott is currently suffering from kidney failure and is gravely ill due to the care she is receiving at Central Mississippi Correctional Facility (CMCF) in Pearl, Mississippi. Jamie’s condition has grown more critical prompting many groups in Mississippi to start writing letters and making phone calls to elected officials.

    Civil Rights Advocate Dr. Adam Reza said “ The people of Mississippi demand an investigation into the case of the Scott Sisters, and we call on Attorney General Jim Hood to personally look in to the health of Jaime Scott. This is the United States of America and the Scott Sisters are entitled to their civil rights. We shall pursue legal action against the state of Mississippi if matters are not rectified. ”


    Links:
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    http://pythagoras538.wordpress.com/2010/08/02/life-imprisonment-for-an-11-robbery/


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    Aug 2, 2010

    A Mercer County, New Jersey program proves the wisdom of providing subsistence assistance to former inmates who are mentally ill.  Members of Assistance to the Incarcerated Mentally Ill (AIMI) advocate for two methods to decriminalize mental illness in America:  1) Pass federal bill H.R.619 to resume Medicaid for inpatient psychiatric treatment for middle class and indigent mentally ill Americans. Medicaid for inpatient psychiatric care was eliminated in the 1970's and led to today's crisis:  1.25 million of the nation's mental patients are prisoners, mostly due to avoidable crimes committed by people who were not being treated for their mental illness; and 2) Use assisted outpatient treatment (AOT) programs for chronic mental patients exiting jails and hospitals.  AOT programs that combine mandated psychiatric treatment with subsistence assistance reduced homelessness, arrests, hospitalizations, and incarceration among program participants in New York by around 85% as compared to their experiences three years before joining the program.  New Jersey's program of monitoring and supporting mental patients after prison release further prove that it is humane and financially prudent to give mentally ill ex-prisoners the support they need to live wholesome lives and avoid recidivism.  See an exciting article about the Mercer County program below.

    New Services for Released Prisoners With Mental Illness in Mercer County, N.J. - http://www.rwjf.org/pr/product.jsp?id=65408

    (June 28, 2010) -- In 2005, Greater Trenton Behavioral HealthCare launched an initiative to assist released prisoners in Mercer County, N.J., who suffered from mental illness and substance abuse problems. The project was funded under New Jersey Health Initiatives (NJHI), a national program of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF).

    The agency partnered with a range of organizations representing government, health care providers, the mentally ill and ex-offenders to:

    • Implement a model for prisoner discharge planning and services geared to the needs of those with serious mental illness or substance abuse problems.
    • Gather data useful in reevaluating statewide public policy for serving former prisoners with serious mental illness or substance abuse problems, including:
      • The risk of hospitalization or re-incarceration
      • The level of services needed
      • Follow-through and adherence to treatments

    A project advisory committee, made up of staff and representatives of the partnering organizations, provided guidance and coordination. For a list of the project's partnering organizations, see Appendix 1.

    Key Results

    Greater Trenton Behavioral HealthCare reported the following results to RWJF in 2008:

    • From July 2005 to June 2008, Greater Trenton Behavioral HealthCare received grant support under NJHI to provide re-entry assistance to 176 people—45 from state prisons and 131 from the county jail. These clients received assessment, discharge planning, case management, service coordination and needed follow-up services for 12 months or more. Services included:
      • Assistance in obtaining public benefits (120 clients, or 68 percent of those served)
      • Providing medication (88 clients, or 50 percent of those served)
      • Linking clients to treatment (79 clients, or 45 percent of those served)
      • Securing housing (111 clients, or 63 percent of those served)
    • Re-incarceration rates during the project were substantially lower than the national average:
      • Of those released from state prisons, 20 percent (9 of 45) were re-incarcerated. The national average for state prisons is 81 percent.
      • Of those released from the jail, 30 percent (39 of 131) were re-incarcerated. The national average for local jails is 79 percent.
    • The project fostered a broad-based systems change in the handling of released prisoners, including:
      • Providing re-entry services to state prisoners with mental illness
      • Improving access to financial assistance for re-entering prisoners
      • Improving the quality of treatment through staff training
      • Better service coordination among courts, corrections and health agencies

     

    For project findings comparing those released from state prison to those released from jail, see Appendix 2.

    Lessons Learned

     

    1. When working with the prison and county jail systems, do not rely on predicted release dates. Staff planned to work with clients for three months prior to discharge, but this was not possible since—especially for jail clients—discharge dates were often unpredictable with clients tending to be released earlier than anticipated. (Project Director)
    2. Several factors predict positive outcomes for clients remaining in the community, including:
      • The client is linked to treatment and receives medication.
      • The client has permanent housing.
      • The client's case manager completes an intervention within one week of release. (Project Director)
    3. Many former prisoners with mental health or substance abuse problems need longer support than the nine to 12 months of follow-up originally envisioned in the project because of the severity of challenges this population faces. (Project Director)

     

    Funding

    RWJF provided a $300,000 grant to Greater Trenton C.M.H.C., Inc. (the incorporation name for Greater Trenton Behavioral HealthCare) for this project from July 2005 to June 2008. Mercer County, N.J., and the New Jersey Division of Mental Health Services also provided funding.

    Afterward

    Mercer County and the New Jersey Division of Mental Health Services continued to fund the project after RWJF support ended. The state agency also has contracted with Greater Trenton Behavioral HealthCare to expand the effort by intervening when a person with mental illness first comes in contact with the justice system. The goal is to provide treatment in lieu of incarceration.

    With a grant from RWJF (ID# 063162), Greater Trenton Behavioral HealthCare offered free technical assistance in 2009 to organizations helping former prisoners with mental illness. This included a conference on November 13, 2008, in Monroe Township, N.J. Some 154 individuals representing corrections, mental health, governmental and other organizations attended.

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    Mary Neal
    Assistance to the Incarcerated Mentally Ill
    http://www.Care2.com/c2c/group/AIMI

     

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    Posted: Aug 2, 2010 12:15pm
    Jul 31, 2010
    Saturday, July 31, 2010 Johnnie Cochran Firm Defrauds Another Client and Sues Its Insurers
    (18 paragraphs, 4 links) Tweet the cyberstalkers don't want to publish:  @BackTHATUp @MaxReddick @vlu77 The (Johnnie) Cochran Firm defrauds mo clients. Insurance co. refuses to pay up. http://alturl.com/9krtv




    The Cochran Firm Frauds


    The Johnnie Cochran Firm is at it again - defrauding its clients. 
    Johnnie Cochran partnered with an Alabama firm two years before he died that is now using his name and reputation to defraud its mostly minority clients.  The Cochran Firm's insurance companies do not want to pay for the firm's illegal, unethical conduct regarding Ana Margarita Martinez.  I'm surprised anyone insures those frauds.  The Cochran Firm is now suing its insurance companies for refusing to pay for their dirt.  The insurance companies' executives ought to copy after The Cochran Firm and get the judges to declare the insurance companies NONEXISTENT to avoid trial.  That was The Cochran Firm's SUCCESSFUL defense when my elderly mother and I were defrauded by The Cochran Firm that took our lawsuit regarding Larry Neal's wrongful death.  That prejudice COINTELPRO law firm worked behind our backs for the jail where my mentally, physically ill brother was murdered after 18 days of secret arrest.  The managing partner of The Cochran Firm's Memphis, Tennessee office was himself a Shelby County Commissioner, and they took the case in a secret conflict of interest, then PRETENDED via U.S. Mail fraud to be working on our case for 10.5 months of the 12-month statute of limitations just to keep us from recovering damages.  The Cochran Firm then decided to claim it does not exist in Georgia, because that is where we arranged to become clients and served our lawsuit against the law firm for its fraud against the Neals.  They had judges declare the firm NONEXISTENT to protect them against our suit.   I never even thought anyone was that overtly crooked and walking around on two legs.  In the garden, snakes crawled.

    The insurance companies deserve to lose their case and pay The Cochran Firm.  Any insurance company that is fool enough to insure A LAW FIRM THAT MAKES A HABIT OF DEFRAUDING ITS CLIENTS deserves to pay a big settlement.    If anybody can prove The Cochran Firm really sued the City of Atlanta, Georgia for those police officers killing 92-year-old Kathryn Johnston in 2006, please direct me to the lawsuit.  I looked for the case in Georgia Superior Court (Dozier vs. Atlanta) and did not find it.  I read that the murderous officers were ordered to pay Johnston's family back $8,000 funeral expenses, but what of the civil suit?  I am sure it never went to trial.  The Cochran Firm would never allow the case to go to jury where Johnston's family would have the best chance of recovering a large award. 

    The Cochran Firm tricked the hell out of the Neal family while under contract as Larry Neal's wrongful death attorneys, because that is their real job -- spying on minorities and preventing justice for minority persons in certain cases.  Some consumer protection agencies refuse to take a complaint against The Cochran Firm, and others take the complaint but don't actually censure the firm.  I tried to picket the law firm in front of the office that courts declared nonexistent to dismiss our lawsuit last month, and two Atlanta police ran to The Cochran Firm's rescue.  Does that sound like something that would happen for any firm that really represented the "common man" like the firm claims?  The media works for the same agency The Cochran Firm does, so mainstream media will not warn the public that The Cochran Firm defrauds its clients to help police when they kill minority people and in other matters, then judges help The Cochran Firm by declaring the firm nonexistent when clients sue the firm for fraud.  I am surprised The Cochran Firm decided to pay the client any damages in this case.  Maybe the lawyers could not find any judges in Florida like the ones we have in Georgia to declare The Cochran Firm nonexistent. I'm confident they tried.  Or perhaps The Cochran Firm finds it safer to repeatedly use trickery and artifice to deny justice to a poor, elderly widow like my mother than they did Ms. Martinez, whose husband is a Cuban spy and runs terrorist cells.  Lawyers at The Cochran Firm are probably a tad more careful about how they treat people who have connections like Ms. Martinez has.  A working class African American family is an easier mark, especially with the courts and Department of Justice covering the unethical lawyers' backs.


    Ms. Martinez, now you know why The Cochran Firm is opening Latino offices and had a case representing Native Americans last year that may or may not still be in court. 
    Warn your people that playing minorities is their game.  Below is the story at Forbes about The Cochran Firm's latest fraud against its own clients.  I am sure there have been and will be others. I hope Ms. Martinez does not start being GANGSTALKED like I am since bringing suit against The Cochran Firm.  She may not know much about espionage even if her husband is a spy, and she has much to learn if she has to run from USDOT trucks, live with tapped phones, have stalkers following her online and in person, and deal with agents intercepting her phone calls when she calls for computer service so they can put her PC on an illegal domain they are administrators over instead of her  - all with police refusing to intervene on her behalf.  I am relieved Ms. Martinez accepted the small settlement from The Cochran Firm.  If she had held out for more money, it could have been bad for her - real bad.  I advise those insurance companies to pay up if they know what's good for them.  They probably have good reason to refuse to pay for another Cochran Firm fraud, but it is easier to pay damages than to deal with gangstalkers.  The insurance executives could have helicopters hovering over their rooftops like they are aiming bombs.  That is what my mother thought the helicopters were doing a couple of months ago when they hovered over our rooftop for 30 minutes after someone drew yellow, blue, and orange lines from our back fence to the middle of the street and outlined the front and both sides of our yard.  See the video at this link:  www.youtube.com/watch?v=znJS-6qw__8


    See information the Neal's victimization by The Cochran Firm fraud after the Forbes Report below -  

    ON THE DOCKET: [THE COCHRAN] FIRM WANTS INSURERS TO COVER DEAL WITH SPY'S WIFE
    July 29, 2010 --  The Cochran Firm has sued two of its insurers for refusing to cover a settlement it reached with a former client who claimed the firm didn't help her recoup a multimillion-dollar judgment from a suit she launched against the Cuban government after learning her professed anti-Communist husband was actually a Cuban spy.

    The firm's Miami office and one of its attorneys sued First Mercury Insurance Co. and State National Insurance Co. on Wednesday in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida, accusing them of not making good on a claims-made lawyers professional liability policy they had extended to the firm.


    The firm represented Ana Margarita Martinez in her lawsuit against Cuba, which concluded with a $27.1 million judgment in her favor after a judge found that the Cuban government had committed acts of sexual battery, terrorism and torture by facilitating spy Juan Pablo Roque's sham marriage to Martinez for the purpose of him acting as a double agent within the Cuban exile community in Florida.


    In late 2008 Martinez sued Cochran and attorney Scott Leeds, alleging they had failed to properly represent her interests in collecting the judgment.
     

    In 2001, when Martinez won her judgment against Cuba, Leeds told the Miami Herald that it could take years to unlock blocked Cuban assets to pass on to his client.  Leeds was not available for comment Thursday.

    Martinez received $200,000 from frozen Cuban accounts in 2005 and has seized aircraft flown into the U.S. by Cuban refugees in additional attempts for restitution. In February, Martinez filed court motions to garnish fares from eight charter companies that do business in Cuba.


    To resolve Martinez's claims against the firm, Cochran entered into mediation with the insurers' authorization to settle the claim, according to the instant complaint. Martinez eventually agreed to a $287,000 deal, a small price compared to the firm's potential liability, the suit says.
     

    “Based on the insurers’ actions, including the explicit and/or implicit grant of settlement authority, the policyholders attended mediation and settled Martinez’s claim for less than 15 percent of the policy’s liability limits and for a fraction of the policyholders’ potential liability,” the suit said.


    The insurers denied coverage under the policy, claiming that the settlement had not occurred with their consent and that they were not properly given notice of the mediation proceeding, according to the firm.

    Allowing the insurers, to assert any limitations on the coverage now would constitute a FRAUD against the firm, because the policyholders relied on and have been prejudiced by the insurers' conduct and representations, the suit says.   Martinez's story hit the headlines in 1996, after her husband showed up in Cuba after Cuban fighter planes shot down two civilian aircraft that were operating a search-and-rescue mission for Cuban refugees.


    Roque, who had worked for the FBI during his time in the U.S., announced his loyalty to Cuba after the shootings, and decried the downed pilots as having operated a terrorist cell.


    The Cochran Firm is represented in this matter by Ver Ploeg & Lumpkin PA.  Counsel information for the defendants was not immediately available Thursday.  The case is Leeds et al. v. First Mercury Insurance Co. et al., case number 10-cv-22729, in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida.

    WAKE UP, EVERYBODY!  JOHNNIE COCHRAN IS DEAD.




    Do you suppose The Cochran Firm made a deal with Ms. Martenez's defendant to protect Cuba from paying her $27 million judgment?  In our case, the law firm worked for its clients' defendants behind our backs, but perhaps Cuba has more honor than Memphis Shelby County Government officials and there was no such deal in the Martenez case.  Here is the link to another COCHRAN FIRM FRAUD
    .    http://freespeakblog.blogspot.com/2010/07/cochran-firm-fraud.html      If any lawyers are brave enough, we would like to sue The Cochran Firm for conspiring to violate our civil rights working with our intended defendants behind our backs to cover up Larry Neal's murder and deny us due process of law.  Apparently The Cochran Firm did this defrauding the courts via hypnosis to have one judge rule that there is no Cochran Firm in Georgia and another accept a diversity rule case based on the lie.  Imagine that.  The Cochran Firm tricked judges into believing that the most famous, well advertised plaintiffs' law firm in Georgia did not exist.  Everyone thought I must have imagined the Atlanta office of The Cochran Firm, I suppose.  My murdered brother was mentally ill, so the stigma attached to family members of mentally ill people may have played a part in my perceived overactive imagination.  I thought The Cochran Firm's Atlanta office was at 127 Peachtree Street in the Candler Building where they do business every day under that identity, even while denying the existence of that law office in court.  The Cochran Firm denied the existence of its East Coast office in Georgia Superior Court and USDC (with the media refusing to report the farce) and committed other perjury to have the Neals' lawsuits dismissed.  But eight days after the USDC judge dismissed our lawsuit by claiming that it did not compromise our case against Shelby County Jail for The Cochran Firm to pretend to do legal work that was not actually happening for 10.5 months of the 12-month statute of limitations, the Atlanta office of The Cochran Firm blinked right back into existence!  It was like an "I Dream of Jennie" episode.  If you contract with The Cochran Firm, PLEASE DON'T BLINK.

    Mary Neal
    Website:  http://WrongfulDeathOfLarryNeal.com
    Jul 28, 2010
    CORPORATE SLAVERY.  BP is using slaves from the pri$on industrial complex to clean up the oil spill.  The expanding prison population not only hurts millions of families and communities when nonviolent people are incarcerated; but many jobs that Americans think were transferred to other countries with low labor costs were actually outsourced to prisons where labor costs are nil and there are no unions or employee benefits. "Made in the U.S.A." does not necessarily mean that buying a particular product helps to support an American worker in the usual sense. There is much debate regarding prison labor projects. The Center for Research on Globalization carried an article by Vickie Palaez on March 10, 2008, which stated:

    According to the Left Business Observer, the federal prison industry produces 100% of all military helmets, ammunition belts, bullet-proof vests, ID tags, shirts, pants, tents, bags, and canteens. Along with war supplies, prison workers supply 98% of the entire market for equipment assembly services; 93% of paints and paintbrushes; 92% of stove assembly; 46% of body armor; 36% of home appliances; 30% of headphones/microphones/speakers; and 21% of office furniture. Airplane parts, medical supplies, and much more: prisoners are even raising seeing-eye dogs for blind people.
    http://www.globalresearch.ca/index.php?context=va&aid=8289

    Jail HandsBP Uses Prison Labor to Clean Up Spill While Coastal Residents Struggle Abe Louise Young | July 21, 2010
    http://www.thenation.com/article/37828/bp-hires-prison-labor-clean-spill-while-coastal-residents-struggle?page=full

    In the first few days after BP’s Deepwater Horizon wellhead exploded, spewing crude oil into the Gulf of Mexico, cleanup workers could be seen on Louisiana beaches wearing scarlet pants and white t-shirts with the words "Inmate Labor" printed in large red block letters. Coastal residents, many of whom had just seen their livelihoods disappear, expressed outrage at community meetings; why should BP be using cheap or free prison labor when so many people were desperate for work? The outfits disappeared overnight.

    Work crews in Grand Isle, La, still stand out. In a region where nine out of ten residents are white, the cleanup workers are almost exclusively African American men. The racialized nature of the cleanup is so conspicuous that Ben Jealous, the president of the NAACP, sent a public letter[1] to BP CEO Tony Hayward on July 9, demanding to know why black people were over-represented in “the most physically difficult, lowest paying jobs, with the most significant exposure to toxins.”

    Hiring prison labor is more than a way for BP to save money while cleaning up the biggest oil spill in history. By tapping into the inmate workforce, the company and its subcontractors get workers who are not only cheap but easily silenced and it gets lucrative tax write-offs in the process.

    Known to some as “the inmate state,” Louisiana has the highest rate of incarceration of any other state in the country. Seventy percent of its thirty-nine thousand inmates are African-American men. The Louisiana Department of Corrections (DOC) only has beds for half that many prisoners, so twenty thousand inmates live in parish jails, privately-run contract facilities and for-profit work release centers. Prisons and parish jails provide free daily labor to the state and private companies like BP, while also operating their own factories and farms, where inmates earn between zero and forty cents an hour. Obedient inmates, or "trustees," become eligible for work release in the last three years of their sentences. This means they can be a part of a market-rate, daily labor force that works for private companies outside the prison gates. The advantage for trustees is that they get to keep a portion of their earnings, redeemable upon release. The advantage for private companies is that trustees are covered under Work Opportunity Tax Credit, a holdover from Bush's Welfare to Work legislation that rewards private-sector employers for hiring risky "target groups." Businesses earn a tax credit of $2,400 for every work release inmate they hire. On top of that, they can earn back up to 40 percent of the wages they pay annually to "target group workers.”

    If BP’s use of prison labor remains an open secret on the Gulf Coast, no one in an official capacity is saying so. At the Grand Isle base camp in early June, I called BP's Public Information line, and visited representatives for the Coast Guard Public Relations team, the Department of Homeland Security, and the La. Fisheries and Wildlife Department. They were all stumped. Were inmates doing shore protection or oil cleanup work? They had no idea. In fact, they said, they'd like to know would I call them if I found out?

    I got an answer one evening earlier this month, when I drove up the gravel driveway of the Lafourche Parish Work Release Center jail, just off Highway 90, halfway between New Orleans and Houma. Men were returning from a long day of shoveling oil-soaked sand into black trash bags in the sweltering heat. Wearing BP shirts, jeans and rubber boots (nothing identifying them as inmates), they arrived back at the jail in unmarked white vans, looking dog tired.

    Beach cleanup is a Sisyphean task. Shorelines cleaned during the day become newly soaked with oil and dispersant overnight, so crews shovel up the same beaches again and again. Workers wear protective chin-to-boot coveralls (made out of high-density polyethylene and manufactured by Dupont), taped to steel-toed boots covered in yellow plastic. They work twenty minutes on, forty minutes off, as per Occupational Safety and Health Administration safety rules. The limited physical schedule allows workers to recover from the blazing sun and the oppressive heat that builds up inside their impermeable suits.

    During their breaks, workers unzip the coveralls for ventilation, drink ice water from gallon thermoses and sit under white fabric tents. They start at 6am, take a half hour lunch and end the day at 6pm, adding up three to four hours of hard physical labor in twenty-minute increments. They are forbidden to speak to the public or the media by BP's now-notorious gag rule. At the end of the day, coveralls are stripped off and thrown in dumpsters, alongside oil-soaked booms and trash bags full of contaminated sand. The dumpsters are emptied into local HazMat landfills, free employees go home and the inmates are returned to work release centers.

    Work release inmates are required to work for up to 12 hours a day, six days a week, sometimes averaging 72 hours per week. These are long hours for performing what may arguably be the most toxic job in America. Although the dangers of mixed oil and dispersant exposure are largely unknown, the chemicals in crude oil can damage every system in the body, as well as cell structures and DNA.

    Inmates can’t pick and choose their work assignments and they face considerable repercussions for rejecting any job, including loss of earned "good time." The warden of the Terrebonne Parish Work Release Center in Houma explains: "If they say no to a job, they get that time that was taken off their sentence put right back on, and get sent right back to the lockup they came out of." This means that work release inmates who would rather protect their health than participate in the non-stop toxic cleanup run the risk of staying in prison longer.

    Prisoners are already subject to well-documented health care deprivations while incarcerated, and are unlikely to have health insurance after release. Work release positions are covered by Worker's Compensation insurance, but pursuing claims long after exposure could be a Kafkaesque task. Besides, there is currently no system for tracking the medical impact of oil and dispersant exposure in cleanup workers or affected communities.

    "They're not getting paid, it's part of their sentence”

    To learn how many of the 20,000 prisoners housed outside of state prisons are involved in spill-related labor, I called the DOC Public Relations officer, Pam LaBorde, who ultimately discouraged me from seeking such information. ("Frankly, I do not know where your story is going, but it does not sound positive,” she said on our third phone call.)

    Going to prison officials directly didn’t help. The warden of a South Louisiana jail refused to discuss the matter, exclaiming, "You want me to lose my job?" A different warden, of a privately-owned center admitted, on condition of anonymity, that inmates from his facility had been employed in oil cleanup, but declined to answer further questions. Jefferson Parish President Steve Theriot and Plaquemines Parish President Billy Nungesser, and Grand Isle Police Chief Euris DuBois declined interview requests.

    Transparency problems are longstanding with the La. DOC. There is also scant oversight of private prison facilities. Following Hurricane Katrina, the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) issued a 140-page report [2] that documented abuses and botched prison evacuations, as well as the numerous times its requests for official information were rejected. “It appears that you are standing in the shoes of prisoners, and therefore DOC is exempted from providing any information which it might otherwise have to under public records law,” DOC lawyers told the ACLU National Prisons Project [3].

    Some officials have been more forthcoming. A lieutenant in the Plaquemines Parish Sheriff's Office told me that three crews of inmates were sandbagging in Buras, La. in case oil hit there. "They're not getting paid, it's part of their sentence,” she said. “They'll work as long as they're needed. It's a hard job because of the heat, but they're not refusing to work." In early May, Governor Bobby Jindal's office sent out a press release [4] heralding the training of eighty inmates from Elayn Hunt Correctional Center in "cleaning of oil-impacted wildlife recovered from coastal areas." DOC Spokesperson Pam LaBorde subsequently denied that any inmates participated in wildlife cleaning efforts.

    Offering an exception to this policy of secrecy is Lafourche Parish Work Release Center, the only one in the state that is accredited by the American Correctional Association. It is audited regularly and abides by national standards of safety and accountability, which is perhaps why I was able to simply walk in on a Thursday afternoon and chat with the warden.

    Captain Milfred Zeringue is a retired La. state police officer with a jaunty smile, powerful torso, and silver hair. His small, gray office is adorned with photos of many generations of his Louisiana family and a Norman Rockwell print picturing a policeman and a small runaway boy sharing a meaningful look at a soda fountain counter. A brass plaque confers the "Blood and Guts Award" upon Zeringue. Of 184 men living under the Captain's charge, 18 are currently assigned to oil spill work. The numbers change daily and are charted on white boards that stretch down the hallway.

    Captain Zeringue says that inmates are glad for any opportunity they can get, and see work release jobs as a step up, a headstart on re-entry. "Our work release inmates are shipped to centers around the state according to employer demand,” he explains, describing the different types of skilled and unskilled labor. “I have carpenters, guys riding on the back of the trash trucks, guys working offshore on the oil rigs, doing welding, cooking. Employers like them because they are guaranteed a worker who's on time, drug-free, and sober.”

    “And,” he adds, “because they do get a tax break."

    Inside the center, men sit around long plastic tables watching TV, or nap on thin mattresses under grey wool covers. The windowless dormitories hold 20 to 30 men each in blue metal bunk beds. Hard hats hang off of lockers, ceiling fans circle slowly, and each bunk has a white mesh bag of laundry strung from one rung. An air of dejection and fatigue permeates the air, but the facility looks safe and clean. It's surrounded by chain link fence and staffed by former police officers. One long shelf stacked with donated romance and adventure novels serves as a library. GED classes and Alcoholics Anonymous meetings gather weekly. Individuals are free to walk around the halls, use pay phones, shoot pool, or sit and watch cars pass on the highway from a small outdoor yard. A doctor visits once a week. Inmates greet the Captain as we walk and jump to hold doors open for us.

    Zeringue exudes a certain affection for the workers in his center. "To me, I'm kind of like Dad here. The inmates come to me and talk about their problems. They get antsy and nervous when they're close to getting out--how am I going to survive, how's my family gonna be with me?"

    Like all Gulf Coast residents, inmates have good reason to feel anxious about the future. BP has received almost 80,000 claims for lost revenue in the wake of the spill. Scores of people are out of work, the offshore drilling industry is in limbo, and the age-old fishing and shrimping professions are looking death in the face. In the towns and bayous of the Gulf, anxiety and post-traumatic stress are taking hold.

    In some places, the desperation is palpable. I met Randy Adams, a construction contractor from Grand Isle, on the sidewalk outside of a local bar. "This BP spill is turning me into an alcoholic, because I don't have anything to do," he says. "That, that, thing--that thing they did--" He points to the beach. He's unable to say “spill” or label it in any way. He points to the water again and again. "That thing has taken everything away from me. I have a gun under the front seat of my truck, and every day I decide, do I want to put a bullet in my skull? Live or die, that's my choice here, every day. My life is gone, do you understand?"

    Scott Rojas of the Jefferson Parish Economic Development Commission suggests that for all the work to be done, finding local labor to do oil-spill cleanup jobs is trickier than it would seem. "These are really hard, and really low-paid jobs--I know agencies have put effort into finding locals to do the work. But they may not always have an easy time of it. As for reports of inmates being hired, I can't confirm or deny. The people down in Grand Isle swear to it, but you're going to have to talk to them."

    The Louisiana Workforce Commission, the state unemployment agency, is advertising hazardous waste removal oil spill cleanup positions as "green jobs." They pay $10 per hour, so these jobs might seem like an attractive opportunity. But Paul Perkins, a retired Angola Prison deputy warden who owns and operates five for-profit inmate work release centers, says that even as the agency is “overflowing with applications for oil spill jobs,” the work force is inconsistent. “They might hire 400 people on Monday, and after one day of work, only 200 will come back on Tuesday.”

    Hiring prison labor might prove more reliable, but it evokes understandable rage among Gulf Coast residents. According to Perkins, the Louisiana Secretary of Corrections, James LeBlanc, met with disaster contractors in early June and asked them to stop using inmate labor until all unemployed residents found work. But as the spill has so dramatically demonstrated, in this new environment, the government seems only able to make polite requests. BP calls the shots, and their private contractors, like ES&H, are the sole clean-up operators. From there, subcontractors, such as Able Body Labor [5], decide who to employ.

    Working for BP: "This isn't what I would like to be doing.”

    Anna Keller relocated to Grand Isle in May to work with Gulf Recovery LLC, to help develop community-based responses to the oil disaster. Also a member of Critical Resistance New Orleans [6], Keller says, it is "common knowledge” that prisoners are doing cleanup. “If you talk to anyone working on the beach they'll tell you, yes, prisoners are working here." She describes a shipping container that sits at the turn-off for the Venice Boat Harbor. It advertises "Jails to Go,"
    a company that installs barred windows and bunks in shipping containers so that they can hold work-release prisoners.

    According to Keller, the use of inmate labor takes recovery one step further away from those people who are most intimate with the ecology, culture, and landscapes of the area. In her view, they should be hired first, and not just for the grunt jobs. "Community members should be hired in the planning stages, and paid for their expertise. The local people are the true experts here.”

    Up the road at A-Bear's Restaurant in Houma, an elderly man in overalls describes his son's financial dilemmas to the room of locals over dinner. The son is forty, married with children, and was laid off from an oyster shucking factory shortly after the BP leak began. He's now walking door-to-door with a lawnmower, looking for grass to cut. The man holds his head in both arthritic hands. The waitress hands him a paper napkin to blot his eyes. I ask him if his son would work for BP in the cleanup and he grimaces. "Maybe, no, I don't think so,” he says. “That would be hard for his pride, you know? For that little money? No."

    Beach cleanup workers do make the lowest wages in the recovery effort. Others on the BP payroll have it slightly better, but the jobs they are doing are a daily reminder of what they have lost. Chris Griffin is a French-speaking Cajun shrimper whose father and grandfather also captained shrimp boats. After oil contamination closed the Gulf waters, Griffin was hired to captain airboat tours of oil-impacted marshlands for BP. Three times a day he steers a slim four-seat boat with a deafening engine into the waters he's known all his life, while Coast Guard officials give media tours and answer the same grim questions again and again.

    "This isn't what I would like to be doing," Griffin says, "but I'm glad I have a job so I can take care of my family. I'm not worrying about the money. Not everybody has that. Me, I'm worrying about the years in the future here. Will we keep cleaning it up? Will they take care of everybody?"  

    Source URL: http://www.thenation.com/article/37828/bp-hires-prison-labor-clean-spill-while-coastal-residents-struggle

    Links:
    [1] http://www.thegrio.com/opinion/naacp-what-we-want-to-see-with-bp.php
    [2] http://www.aclu.org/prisoners-rights/aclu-report-details-horrors-suffered-orleans-parish-prisoners-wake-hurricane-katrin
    [3] http://www.aclu.org/prisoners-rights
    [4] http://www.corrections.state.la.us/ehcc/
    [5] http://ablebody.ablehq.com/
    [6] http://www.criticalresistance.org/

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